Calculating Kershaw's worth

6/18/2013 - Clayton Kershaw
Based on ZiPS projections, Clayton Kershaw would have a 32.9 WAR for 2015-2022. Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Selecting Clayton Kershaw with the seventh pick of the 2006 draft is one decision the Dodgers should be very happy with. Kershaw has given the Dodgers 66 wins and a 2.70 ERA in 164 starts and just turned 25 years old during spring training.

Now a year-and-a-half away from hitting free agency, the bargain years of Kershaw's contract are over, and the Dodgers have reportedly approached him about a contract extension. To keep the nastiest curveball in baseball being thrown by a pitcher wearing Dodger Blue, the club is going to have to keep that money spigot flowing. The cost of keeping Kershaw will almost certainly be the richest contract a pitcher has ever signed.