I honestly don’t think anyone else would’ve given Clayton Kershaw that type of money. His velocity is down substantially. He hasn’t made 30 starts or logged +200 innings since 2015, yet he’s still given up career highs in home runs over the past two years (23 in ’17 and 17 in ’18).
He’s still one of the better pitchers in baseball and a no questions asked Hall-of-Famer, but his best days are behind him. I understand the Dodgers would’ve been in trouble without him, but I question if they needed to pay this much to keep him around.