Kershaw expresses joy over new three-year Dodgers extension

Clayton Kershaw is ready to prove people wrong with his new deal at the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers starter, Clayton Kershaw has expressed his joy over a new three-year contract extension with the team.

LA Dodgers had to get Kershaw’s extension quickly in place in a very strong effort to solidify their pitching rotation.

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Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed a deal, keeping the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market.

The Dodgers on their own part have even made a formal confirmation of the contract and that was on Friday.

Reports have hinted that the deal will fetch Kershaw an amount which is in the region of $93 million.

A source has also informed ESPN that the fresh contract includes incentives which has it’s basis on workload and performance.

Kershaw reportedly will also pocket $4million yearly in bonuses on starts, in four $1million increments together with other numerous incentives.

It replaces the two years and $65million remaining on the seven-year, $215million extension Kershaw decided to ink in January, 2014.

“Honestly, I wanted to stay here,” Kershaw said.

“Financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to stay here and I am glad we got that done.

“I talked a lot with Ellen (his wife), my kiddos love it here and Ellen loves it very much here.

“And I love the team here, there’s not many opportunities that meet all the criteria that Ellen and I want.

“Myself, personally, a chance to win every single year, it does not come around like this in L.A. very often.

“We just decided that it was a better option to try to work it out here than doing anything else.”

“It gives me chance to prove a lot of people wrong” – Kershaw

Kershaw who clocked 30 in March said staying put with the Dodgers also affords him a great opportunity.

And that is to answer some of his critics who have said he isn’t as dominant as he was before.

“It gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong,” he said.

“I think this year especially, maybe rightfully so, there’s been a lot of people talking.

“They have been saying that I’m in decline or I’m not going to be as good as I once was.

“I am looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that,” he summed up.

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