Friday’s major league notebook: Kershaw decides to stay with Dodgers

BOSTON MA- OCTOBER 31 2018 Construction crews fill the Emerson College site on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets during the 2018 Boston Red Sox World Series victory parade on Wednesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers and three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw reached an agreement on a contract extension Friday that will keep the seven-time All-Star with the club through 2021.

According to The Athletic, the new deal is for three years and $93 million with incentives which brings his average annual value to $31 million now rather than the previous $32.5 million.

Friedman, who recently finished his fourth season as the team's president of baseball operations, said the two sides "made a significant amount of progress" on extension talks dating back to spring training and chose to table those discussions only because the focus was shifting toward the upcoming season. "And I think this deal as well gives me a chance to prove a lot of people wrong". Kershaw is owed $65 million on that deal.

A back injury this season prevented the three-time Cy Young Award victor from continuing his streak of consecutive All-Star appearances, but he still posted a 2.73 ERA over 161 1/3 innings in 26 starts.

In his career with the Dodgers, he has gone 153-69 in 316 starts, including one game finished and 25 complete games.

The left-hander also can earn award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting. He's 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA.

"I was going to say 'ongoing, '" he joked.

The Dodgers made two consecutive trips to the World Series for the first time since 1977 to 1978. He signed a seven-year, $215 million deal in 2013 with the option to become a free agent after five years. By extending a qualifying offer, a team is in line to receive draft-pick compensation if the player signs with another team.

CUBS: The Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.

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