Pitcher Clayton Kershaw signs record-breaking deal

First player in baseball history to earn average salary over $30-million

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw has become the first player in baseball history to rake in a $30-million average salary.

Kershaw has reportedly signed a seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $215-million.

It's also the most lucrative deal on record for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180-million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.

A left-hander who turns 26 in March, Kershaw won NL Cy Young Awards in 2011 and 2013. He was 16-9 for the NL West champion Dodgers last year and led the league with 232 strikeouts, and his 1.83 ERA was the best in the majors since Pedro Martinez's 1.74 for Boston in 2000. He has led the NL in ERA in each of the last three years.

Kershaw's average salary of $30.7-million tops the old high of $27.5-million, set by the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez as part of a 10-year agreement inked in December 2007. While Roger Clemens had a contract with a listed salary of $28 million with the Yankees in 2007, he joined the team in June and actually made $17.4 million.

The Dodgers had baseball's second-highest payroll at the end of the regular season last fall _ more than $236 million.

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