Clayton Kershaw

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw will remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the end of the decade, after agreeing to a seven-year, $215 million deal with the club this week, reports ESPN.com.

The deal is the richest for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history, eclipsing the seven-year, $180 million contract Detroit gave Justin Verlander last winter.  Sources tell the network that the 25-year-old also has an out clause after five years.

Kershaw has proven his worth as well, winning two of the last three National League Cy Young Awards. He also went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season, his sixth with the Dodgers. In his career, the left-hander has a 2.60 ERA and has recorded at least 212 strikeouts in each of the past four seasons.