Kershaw, Dodgers Agree To 3-Year, $93M Deal

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The deal with the left-hander, a seven-time All-Star and a three-time National League Cy Young Award victor, reportedly doesn't have an opt-out clause and will make $93 million plus incentives over the life of the deal, according to multiple reports. He signed a three-year, $93 million deal with the team.

This replaces Kershaw's previous deal, which had two seasons remaining on it worth $65 million.

Dave Roberts is expected to return as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season, two high-ranking team executives said during a press conference on Thursday. "This deal gives me another chance to prove a lot of people wrong". Signed in January 2014, 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. "I think from all of our standpoints we reached a point where focusing on the season and what we were trying to do was more important in all of our minds". "He's the guy that epitomizes, as I've shared before, all of the things we look for in a player". He signed a seven-year, $215 million deal in 2013 with the option to become a free agent after five years.

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"No more DL time", he said.

But Kershaw indicated that he had little interest in uprooting his family out of its in-season home or inking a longer contract. "I really believe that for three years I can be just as good as I ever have been". In 11 Major League Baseball seasons, all with the Dodgers, Kershaw is 153-69 with a 2.39 ERA.

Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas - a frequent trade partner for Chicago since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs' front office in 2011.

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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