He was already the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, a Gold Glover and a three-time All-Star. Now, he’s the richest pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Los Angeles kept their ace Clayton Kershaw in Dodger blue for the foreseeable future by reaching a reported seven-year, $215 million deal, the largest ever for a pitcher. The deal also makes Kershaw highest paid player in history by annual average salary.

Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was on MLB Roundtrip with Jeff Joyce and CJ Nitkowski earlier this week to talk about his ace:

To me he’s one of our team leaders, his work ethic, you can just go on and on […] everything about him is what you want out of a guy. Plus he’s proven himself, especially over the past three years, to be durable and consistent and one of the best there is.

Dodgers closer (and former catcher) Kenley Jansen joined Power Alley with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette and shared his thoughts on Kershaw:

His preparation. How he goes into his workouts every time that he has to pitch. To me, that impressed me the most, [to] see how he really dedicates his time to his preparation and how he goes about his business […] it’s pretty awesome just watching and learning.

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