It's crazy how much money professional athletes make now. These multi-million dollar contract are going to keep growing into the hundreds of millions because of the "market". Once one player becomes the highest paid player, it gives agents leverage to compare their player numbers to whoever is the highest paid and if their player numbers are better then they will be the new highest paid, it will never stop. The NFL has a ceiling on their players because they have a salary cap, the NBA too but it's looser than the NFL. MLB on the other hand, has no salary cap, meaning players can break the bank and then break another bank.
Whenever I have my first child, hopefully a boy, I will put a baseball in his hand his first day out. Dodgers' ace, Clayton Kershaw, hit headlines yesterday as made baseball financial history, inking a 7 year $215 million deal, making him the first player to hit the $30 million a year mark. This is not the biggest contract in MLB history, A-Rod's 10 year $275 still at the top, but it is the biggest deal for a pitcher. Some say the Dodgers didn't have to pay him but I beg the differ. Kershaw has been one of the best, if not the best, pitcher in baseball the past 3 years, no reason to gamble on a Japanese pitcher that hasn't played in the big leagues yet. Kershaw is a 2x Cy Young winner(2011,2013) and was the best player for the Dodgers in the playoffs. Pitchers shouldn't normally get contracts this size but when you are a game changer, it leaves the front office no choice but to kick out the big bucks. The best part about this deal besides the $215 million is that Kershaw can opt out after 5 years, at the age of 25, leaving room for another big contract. All parties win in this deal though, Kershaw get's the big bucks and Dodgers keep the best pitcher in baseball for another 5 years. I now want to know what the Dodgers will do with the rest of their roster with players like Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez all making at least $20 million then add that if Yasiel Puig continues to be a phenom, they will eventually have to pay him the big bucks. Since Matt Kemp has been injury prone, I think they might deal him and his 8 year $190 million dollar contract. I'm sure a team would love to have Kemp on their roster, who has that star power to put fans in seats. I think it will come down to how he and Carl Crawford produces to see which one they will keep.