Report: Dodgers will make Clayton Kershaw a $30 million pitcher in 2015.

If Clayton Kershaw opts out of the final two years of his new contract, he will be leaving $65 million of a possible $215 million on the table.

Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com reported the year-by-year financial breakdown of Kershaw’s seven-year deal as follows:

2014: $22 million ($18 million signing bonus plus $4 million salary)
2015: $30 million
2016: $32 million
2017: $33 million
2018: $33 million
2019: $32 million
2020: $33 million

Based on salary obligations to current players only, and including the payments from the Boston Red Sox from the 2012 trade for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford, here are the new Dodgers payroll estimates for each of those seasons:

2014: $229.0 million
2015: $173.9 million
2016: $162.3 million
2017: $162.3 million
2018: $112.6 million
2019: $53.7 million
2020: $33 million

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.