Kershaw, Dodgers agree to three-year, $93M deal

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The deal is reportedly worth $93 million with incentives, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

Kershaw opted out of a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. With Chase Utley having just retired, Freese will fill a veteran leadership role in the clubhouse for a Dodgers team that has come up short in two straight World Series appearances. "This deal gives me another chance to prove a lot of people wrong". It called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020.

He also can gain award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting.

At 30, Kershaw has experience a fastball velocity decrease, and he missed time this season because of two stints on the disabled list. "He's the guy that epitomizes, as I've shared before, all of the things we look for in a player".

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Friedman said the "central theme" of the World Series disappointment was "how much we struggled offensively", which put the bullpen in a vulnerable position. The same took place with the 2019 club option for corner infielder David Freese, although that option was declined Thursday and Freese later signed a one-year, $5 million deal, per ESPN and multiple reports. I'm not saying I can't be good past that, but that's as long as I'm willing to commit to right now. Conceivably, Kershaw could have garnered more on the free-agent market, which opens Saturday.

Kershaw has a 153-69 regular-season record with a 2.39 ERA in 318 games but is 9-10 with a 4.32 ERA in the postseason.

Gonzales, who turns 27 in February, went 13-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 29 starts in his first full season in the majors.

A free agent can be made a qualifying offer only if he has been with the same team continuously since opening day and has never received a qualifying offer before.

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