The Los Angeles Dodgers and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw have agreed to extend his deadline to decide whether to exercise the option on his contract to Friday at 4 p.m. ET, the team announced Wednesday night.
Kershaw has two years and $65 million remaining on the seven-year, $215 million contract extension he signed before the 2014 season. His contract includes a player opt-out option for 2019 and 2020, meaning Kershaw could walk away and become a free agent before either season.
The original deadline for Kershaw to make his decision was Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The delay could mean that the Dodgers and Kershaw are negotiating an extension.
Kershaw will be 31 when the 2019 season opens, and he has a career record of 153-69 with an ERA of 2.39 -- all with the Dodgers. Hampered by injuries in 2018, he started 26 regular-season games and posted a 9-5 record with a 2.73 ERA.
With the Dodgers for 11 seasons, Kershaw is a seven-time All-Star and a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner. He won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 2014, when he finished 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA.
He has struggled in the postseason throughout his career, however. He is 9-10 in the playoffs with a 4.32 ERA, and he has surrendered 22 home runs in 152 innings. In the recently completed World Series, he lost two games to the Boston Red Sox and posted 7.36 ERA in 11 innings.
--Field Level Media
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