February 24, 2024

Clayton Kershaw’s Dodgers deal guarantees him $10 million, with chance for more: Sources

PHOENIX — Clayton Kershaw’s new Dodgers contract includes $10 million guaranteed with a chance to make more, league sources told The Athletic.

The deal, which The Athletic first reported was a one-year deal with a player option for 2025, includes a base salary of $5 million each year with a chance for the 36-year-old franchise icon to boost that salary based on the number of starts he makes this season.

Kershaw’s salary can max out at roughly $12 million in 2024. How much he can make in 2025 will depend on how much he pitches this coming season, the sources said.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is returning from the first major surgery of his career; in November, he had the capsule and gleno-humeral ligaments in his left shoulder repaired, addressing the issue that he pitched through for the final two months of the 2023 season. He is currently in the second week of his throwing progression after the procedure. After undergoing his official physical on Thursday, Kershaw said he is targeting a “July-ish, August-ish” timetable to return to the mound.

If he does make it back as scheduled, Kershaw has a chance to boost his 2024 salary to around $10 million based on games started. If he makes those 2024 starts, his 2025 salary would also increase to that same range, with a chance at more performance bonuses.

Kershaw said Thursday he contemplated his playing future as well as his future with the Dodgers in his third consecutive foray into free agency, ultimately opting for a Dodgers deal that allowed him continued flexibility.

“I think there’s good things on both sides that if everything works out, it should be good for both sides,” he said. “It was great. Any time you can have optionality, it’s not a bad thing.”

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