LOS ANGELES – Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.
Kershaw would have been eligible for free agency after the upcoming season if the new deal hadn’t been reached. He was eligible for salary arbitration, and those figures were set to be exchanged on Friday. He was coming off a two-year, $20 million deal that included $200,000 in bonuses in 2012, a $500,000 escalator to his 2013 base salary, and $300,000 in bonuses last year.
General manager Ned Colletti said last week that both sides had been negotiating.
“It’s our desire to sign him here for a very long time,” Colletti said.
Around the leagues
Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, the head of the committee that developed MLB’s plan to expand instant replay, is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve. …
A Major League Baseball Players Association lawyer said Alex Rodriguez wanted the union to pursue “extraordinary remedies” outside of arbitration to stop attempts to discipline the New York Yankees third baseman. …
Baltimore signed right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation. … Seattle and outfielder Michael Saunders reached agreement on a $2.3 million contract for the 2014 season and avoided salary arbitration.
Tippy Valley boys coach hits 1,000
Tippecanoe Valley boys coach Bill Patrick was in his 1,000th career game Tuesday in the Vikings’ 71-49 win. Patrick is second among active coaches in the state with 720 wins.
Rondo assigned to D-League for rehab
Boston assigned Rajon Rondo to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League for what general manager Danny Ainge called a “brief assignment.”
Boston, Miami, Golden State trade
A three-team trade sending Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from Boston to Golden State is complete. The Warriors sent guard Toney Douglas to Miami. The Heat moved center Joel Anthony and two draft picks and cash considerations to the Celtics. Miami is sending Boston two draft picks.
NCAA board to propose autonomy
The NCAA board of directors will propose giving the nation’s most powerful conferences more autonomy over some legislative items and athletic directors a larger voice in a new governance structure.
Around the ice
Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk was named captain of Russia’s Olympic hockey team. … Nashville traded forward Matt Hendricks to Edmonton for goaltender Devan Dubnyk. …
Olli Maatta’s slap shot beat Michal Neuvirth with less than 2 minutes left and Pittsburgh rallied by Washington 4-3. … Tyler Bozak scored the clinching goal in the third round of the shootout and Toronto won its third straight game with a 4-3 victory over Buffalo.
Vonn announces successful surgery
Lindsey Vonn announced on her Facebook page that she had surgery on her right knee. Vonn posted that her surgery was “successful!”
Player’s school misidentified
Because of an editor’s error, the name of a school was incorrect in a headline on a high school awards brief on Page 2B on Tuesday. The players honored were from Norwell and Snider.