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May 10, 2017

In 23-year-old shortstop Corey Seager—last season’s NL Rookie of the Year—the Dodgers have a budding superstar, but in Kershaw, they have the game's best pitcher. Still just 29, Kershaw is a four-time ERA leader and a three-time Cy Young Award winner whose credentials harken back to another Los Angeles southpaw whose last name begins with K. Kershaw has lowered his career ERA in each of the last eight seasons, with command so precise that he makes news for the rare occasions in which he yields multiple walks in a given start. Kershaw can opt out of his seven-year, $215 million contract next season, which would put him in line to again sign the richest contract for a pitcher in baseball history, a spot he held until being passed by David Price's $217 million deal with the Red Sox after the 2015 season.

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