27 biggest free agent contracts in Los Angeles Dodgers history

Thomas Carannante
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1. Freddie Freeman - six years, $162 million, 2022

The Dodgers are known for spending like maniacs, but Freddie Freeman's $162 million contract remains the largest free agent deal in franchise history. He was lured from the Atlanta Braves after the 2021 season and led the Dodgers to an historic 111-win campaign in 2022. Unfortunately, that team fell short in the NLDS against the Padres, but Freeman led the NL in hits (199), doubles (47) and OBP (.407) in his first season with the Dodgers. We've got five more years of arguably the best first baseman of his generation. He's not slowing down anytime soon, either. This could end up being the best FA contract, in addition to the largest.

But we can't leave these non-free-agent deals out ...

Mookie Betts - 12 years, $365 million - Largest contract in franchise history, but was signed right after the famous 2020 trade.

Clayton Kershaw - seven years, $215 million - At the time, this was the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher. Kershaw was set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, but the Dodgers got this done before the campaign even started.

Matt Kemp - eight years, $160 million - Another record-breaking extension (the largest in NL history), the Dodgers signed Kemp after the 2011 season (he finished second in the MVP voting and brought home Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards). He lasted just three years before he was shipped off to the Padres.

Clayton Kershaw - three years, $93 million - On the brink of hitting free agency after the 2018 season, the Dodgers wasted no time giving Kershaw another lucrative extension. He's a Dodger for Life.

Andre Ethier - five years, $85 million - n the middle of the 2012 season, Ethier landed this contract, but it ended up being a bad one. His 2013 and 2015 campaigns were good, but 2014 was bad and he played in just 38 games combined in 2016 and 2017. Still a very good Dodger, though.

Chad Billingsley - three years, $35 million - In the spring of 2011, the Dodgers secured their "ace." The deal was deserved, but it didn't really pan out. Billingsley took the mound just 27 times total across his final two seasons in LA, didn't pitch in 2014, and then retired after seven starts with the Phillies in 2015.

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