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Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 7:00 am
 
Kemp

By Evan Brunell


Matt Kemp has agreed to a contract extension with Los Angeles for the next eight years, CBSSports.com's Scott Miller confirms. The deal is done, pending the outcome of a physical exam.

Kemp is set to earn $160 million on his deal with the Dodgers, which will tie Mark Teixeira for the fifth-richest contract ever signed. The deal would also become the most expensive deal in team and NL history. Teixeira's deal with the Yankees is also for eight years, running through 2016.

One interesting aspect to this deal is that the owner responsible for signing Kemp in Frank McCourt won't be around to pay the center fielder. McCourt is set to sell the Dodgers after coming to an agreement with MLB to do so, bringing to a close a saga that has plagued baseball since McCourt and his wife had an ugly divorce. Still, the incoming owner is likely to be thankful for the deal, as the Dodgers also have right fielder Andre Ethier set to be a free agent after 2012. As one of the better players in baseball, re-signing Kemp was a no-brainer although it cost a pretty penny to do so.

Previously, Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, said that it was important for Kemp to be paid and be considered among the elite players at his position. After bouncing back from a poor 2010 to join the 30-30 club and miss out on 40-40 by one homer, Kemp certainly earned the money, but is it too much? Kemp has spent six seasons in the majors, exactly three of which delivered on expectations. It was just one year ago that Kemp, coming off a down year, was thought to have a lot to prove. Apparently, he's proven worth $160 million. With the extension, Kemp would no longer be a part of the free-agent class next winter. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal earlier reported the possibility of such a deal.

The Dodgers are also set to sign second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year deal.

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Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

I'm confused.  Are the Dodgers going bankrupt or is their owner?  If the team is profitable and the owner is having financial difficulties following his divorce, I understand.  However, with a drop in attendance and a recent trend of sub-par seasons, I imagine the team is going bankrupt.  How can they afford to sign a player to $20M/season??



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

Don't be a hater. This is a great contract and Kemp is well worth it. He's been getting better every year (except for his down year last year), and most importantly, he's capable of playing every day (as in 162 games per year), the guy just stays healthy (knocks on wood). Also, he's only 27. These are his prime years. Now the Dodgers just need to lock up Kershaw and things will really be looking up for the future.
 



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

More of an FU signing by McCourt.  This contract will start looking awful by season 3.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

More of an FU signing by McCourt.  This contract will start looking awful by season 3.



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Dodgers, Kemp agree to 8-year, $160 million deal

$20mil a year, damn that's alot of Dodger Dogs for a guy who's had only one very good year. 



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

Aren't the Dodgers broke?



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

A good player gets a great contract. Guaranteed the contract will come back to bite them in the ass.




Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

I rather give Albert Pujol 160 millions for 5 very good years. Don't get me wrong. Kemp is a very good player, but Pujol is much  better.



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

This is a wonderful message for the Dodgers to be sending their fans as they begin to rebuild their image in the months after the Parking Lot Attendant and the Screaming Meanie. Whether it is or isn't a good signing will play out over the years, but keeping a home-grown star for his productive years is exactly the right way to do things.



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

Not worth it - will end up being a total bust.  Just like the Dodgers.  Remember Matt Holiday?


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