LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers heads to the dugout at the end of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on May 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
However with Kershaw keen to stay with the club and the Dodgers anxious to lock down the three-time Cy Young Award-winner, the two sides reached agreement on a deal.
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.
The three-time NL Cy Young Award victor and the team agreed to extend the deadline on Kershaw's opt-out decision by 40 hours until 4 p.m. ET Friday. The Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second straight season, with Kershaw taking the loss in Sunday's season-ending Game 5 defeat to Boston.
¿Vieron las palabras de Santiago Solari sobre Vinicius Jr?
No desveló Solari ni un solo detalle de su alineación y espera que el galés Gareth Bale muestre su nivel. Es un partido ante un equipo de otra división pero que son fáciles de subestimar y ellos no lo hicieron.
The Dodgers ace is widely regarded as the greatest pitcher of his generation but has yet to taste victory in the World Series and has endured multiple disappointing playoff campaigns.
Well, Kershaw has wasted no time making the big decision.
"So having done that two years in a row now, it doesn't make it any easier", the Texan added.