The two have since become friends. Koufax came into the Dodger clubhouse to congratulate him after Kershaw started and won Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on short rest this fall.
"It's gratifying that I think of him as a friend and hopefully he thinks of me the same way," Koufax said. "He's just such a good person."
The Dodgers now have five players with an average annual value of $20 million or more. Among active contracts (or contracts signed that have not yet started), the Dodgers now have five of the 22 largest average yearly salaries in the sport on the roster -- Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp.
Kershaw wasn't the only Dodgers player to enjoy news of the deal. Catcher A.J. Ellis took to Twitter to congratulate the team's ace.
Big winner today......me. I am blessed to catch best in the game for foreseeable future God willing. Congrats Kersh!— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) January 15, 2014