Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (36), who chose to become a “one-club man,” has officially announced his contract. Kershaw signed a two-year contract and will join the LA Dodgers through the 2025 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Monday (Korea time) that it signed a one-plus-one-year contract with Kershaw, which includes options for players in the 2025 season. It will pay 5 million dollars in salary for the 2024 season and 5 million dollars in options for players in the 2025 season.
In addition, the contract will be awarded up to 7.5 million U.S. dollars more depending on the number of appearances he plays in the 2024 season. Incentives will also apply to the 2025 season.
Contract structure with more incentive than basic salary. This seems to be because Kershaw can return at the end of the 2024 season due to shoulder surgery.
Kershaw underwent surgery on his left shoulder in November last year and is expected to return until the second half of the 2024 season. His current goal is to return as early as late July or August at the latest.
Kershaw pitched 131 2/3 innings in 24 games last year, recording 13 wins and five losses with a 2.46 ERA. He was even mentioned as a Cy Young Award winner at the beginning of the season.
However, Kershaw did not play many games last year due to injury. He already failed to meet the required innings for three consecutive seasons, expressing regret.
What is important for Kershaw is his first, second, and third health. Attention is focusing on whether Kershaw will stand on the mound at Dodger Stadium in good health.