If Clayton Kershaw's agent got 3% in commission, it means he walked away with more than $6 million. Talk about "easy money." How hard could it have been to persuade the Dodgers to pay Kershaw $215 million when they were obviously willing to do it? The bigger accomplishment was getting them to pay Juan Uribe $15 million over the next two years.
Let's say Clayton Kershaw starts 31 games a year. That's barring injury, which of course won't happen. Over seven years that's 217 starts, which means Kershaw's making roughly $1 million a start. And let's assume he throws 100 pitches a game, he now makes approximately $10,000 a pitch.
Come to think of it, this contract does make a lot of cents.
Smart move by the Dodgers to lock up Kershaw for his best years to come, if that's even possible after what he's already accomplished. Not bad for a guy who plays every fifth day.
Your turn, Arte. Lock Trout up now, or the natives will be plucking chickens and heating up the tar.
How appropriate you listed Josh Hamilton's bloated salary just above the piece about the Ducks' latest triumph. At least there is one team in Anaheim that does not overpay for past-prime free agents and rewards rather than underpay or trade away their homegrown stars.
The Ducks have built a championship contender while not shying away from the name of the city that they play in. I would say "Go, Ducks!" but they already are. Go, Angels?
After winning two national championships and ranking No. 1 for most of this past season, Alabama loses its last two games and makes a brilliant move — hiring Lane Kiffin as its new offensive guru. Kiffin, known for his predictable and uninspired offenses as head coach at USC, will bring Alabama back to the promised land. Good luck with that, Coach Saban.