Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, can celebrate the richest contract in history for a pitcher: Seven years, $215 million. (Harry How / Getty Images)
Los Angeles — Even Clayton Kershaw has trouble contemplating the enormity of a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Dodgers that makes him baseball’s richest pitcher.
The team finalized the deal Friday, when Kershaw stayed home in Dallas. He said by phone talking money is “a little bit uncomfortable for me.”
Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, have been discussing how to spend the money, and most of their ideas revolve around charitable interests. The couple supports an orphanage in Africa and two groups that fund afterschool programs for children in Los Angeles and Dallas. They have no children of their own.
“Ellen and I understand the effects we can have on a lot of people with this money,” he said. “We realize to whom much is given much is expected and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”
Kershaw gets an $18 million signing bonus, payable in $6 million installments this April 15, July 15 and Sept. 15. He receives salaries of $4 million this year, $30 million next year, $32 million in 2016, $33 million in each of the next two seasons, $32 million in 2019 and $33 million in 2020.
His deal breaks the salary record for a pitcher of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.
The Orioles agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Chris Davis for $10.35 million.
Davis led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs, both career highs. He earned $3.3 million.
... The Padres agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Chase Headley and infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks.
Headley agreed to a deal worth $10,525,000.
Blanks’ contract is for $987,500.
... The Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with four players in arbitration: infielders Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss, outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Luke Gregerson. Lowrie’s deal is for $5.25 million.
... The Royals have agreed to one-year deals with first baseman Eric Hosmer, right-hander Luke Hochevar and utility man Emilio Bonifacio to avoid going to arbitration.
Hosmer, who made just $528,250 last season, received the biggest bump to $3.6 million. Hochevar will make $5.21 million. Bonifacio will earn $5.6 million after making $2.6 million last season.
... The Twins agreed to one-year contracts with third baseman Trevor Plouffe and left-handed reliever Brian Duensing. Plouffe agreed to a $2.35 million deal, and Duensing accepted $2 million.
... The Rays agreed with pitchers Jeremy Hellickson, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos, outfielder Matt Joyce, catcher Jose Lobaton and infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez.
... The Rangers agreed to one-year contracts with Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando.
... The Pirates agreed to terms with all six players who had filed for arbitration, including third baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker.
Alvarez will make $4.25 million in 2014. Walker will make $5.75 million. Reliever Mark Melancon will make $2,595,000.
... The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza. Beckham will receive $4.175 million, while De Aza will receive $4.25 million.
... Mets closer Bobby Parnell agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract and left fielder Eric Young Jr. settled for a $1.85 million, one-year deal.
... Right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann, former closer Drew Storen and lefty Ross Detwiler agreed to contracts with the Nationals.
... The Blue Jays agreed with outfielder Colby Rasmus ($7 million), right-hander Esmil Rogers ($1.85 million) and left-hander Brett C
ecil ($1.3 million).
The Cardinals agreed to one-year contracts with outfielders Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos.
... Infielder Mark Reynolds agreed to a minor league contract with the Brewers.