Magic Johnson Wants to Make Clayton Kershaw Insanely Rich
Clayton Kershaw may be making Magic Johnson’s dreams come true very soon. Earlier this year Johnson, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, had said that he was keen on making Kershaw, whom he called the “best pitcher” in baseball, a very rich man. ”He’s our Sandy Koufax of today,” Johnson said at the time. “That’s how important he is. We feel he is the best pitcher in all of baseball. And when you are the best, you gotta be paid the best. We understand that.”
And now according to ESPN, the Dodgers have offered Kershaw a lifetime contract in the range of $300 million. Although negotiations broke down for the moment partly because Kershaw was unsure of agreeing to such a long deal, but the left-hander, who will be eligible for free agency following the 2014 season, may be coming around soon. According to ESPN sources, the Dodgers are ready for a shorter deal that works for Kershaw, and the pitcher may agree to it as early as this winter. ESPN added that a large portion of the fee will be paid to a charity of Kershaw’s choosing. The pitcher has just finished a two-year, $19 million contract with the Dodgers that paid him $11 million this season.
The 25-year-old Kershaw was the seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft, and has gone on to lead the National League in ERA the last three seasons. He is on his way to winning the Cy Young Award this year, after having already claimed it in 2011.