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Photo by Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Oct. 18 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

$215 million man: Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Kershaw signs 7-year mega-deal

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Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitching ace Clayton Kershaw agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

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Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles first reported the news that includes an opt-out clause in the contract after five seasons. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirmed the deal.

Kershaw, 25, wasn't yet a free agent and had one year of arbitration remaining. This deal buys out the final year of arbitration plus up to six years of free agency.

The contract is a record-breaker, as the previous largest contract for a pitcher was Justin Verlander's seven-year, $180 million extension to stay with the Detroit Tigers.

Kershaw, who was 16-9 last season, dominated the National League pitching leaderboards to win the National League Cy Young award for the second time in three years. He finished first in ERA (1.83), strikeouts (232) and walks-and-hits-per-inning-pitched ratio (0.92). Kershaw came in second in innings pitched (236), and he tied for third with 16 wins.

During his six years with the Dodgers, Kershaw is 77-46 with a 2.60 ERA and 1,260 strikeouts. Kershaw is 1-3 in six postseason starts. Kershaw has made 33 starts in each of the last three seasons.

Kershaw was the NL Cy Young winner in 2011, and he finished second in 2012 to R.A. Dickey, then of the New York Mets.

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