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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

By Evan Brunell

Matt Kemp has agreed to a contract extension with Los Angeles for the next eight years,'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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Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:50 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

I'm normally against these enormous long term contracts, but, this may be the best high dollar signing I've ever seen.  Matt Kemp is a five tool player that is still young enough to warrant the check he'll be cashing at the beginning all the way through the end.  He did have a down year in 2010 but he played in all 162 games, hit 28 homers, drove in 89, and stole 19 bases.  Do you think the Yankees would have liked to get that production from A-Rod for the $28 million they paid him this year?

One of your former Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, signed a eight year $160 million contract with the Red Sox way back when, and I expect the Dodgers to get their money's worth just like the Sox did.  Dodger fans, you should be very excited about this because if he made it to free agency next year he'll get a lot bigger offers than this one!

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:17 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

congrats 1% er

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 4:14 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

just following the status quo spartacus. 

i guess its ok to be a jerk to all the writers on CBS, right? but not to the commentors that make mountains out of moleholes.


Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:51 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

watch it Matt that check might bounce

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:48 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

AWESOME NEWS!!!!!! The first decision post McCourt is the right one. Matt Kemp: DODGER FOR LIFE

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:27 pm

Dodgers, Matt Kemp set for lucrative extension

Good Job Dodgers in taking care of one of your own!

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:05 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

Oh man if you don't lock this guy up on a long term contract some other team will snatch him up.
Do it Dodgers, do it!

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:04 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

the article says FIFTH richest contract signed. L2READ
Problem is not balrog's reading comprehension, thalooch, it's that you read the article after it was edited to correct for the mistake that balrog pointed out. This happens pretty often here, which you should know by now. No need to be a jerk.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 3:00 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

This is a bold move by a pretty darn good businessman in McCourt. As much as I can't stand the guy as an owner of my favorite team, I can't argue this guy is a pretty bold businness man and I am sure his advisors are telling him that this will increase the value of the team when it goes on auction. The ironic thing about this signing is that I don't think this happens if McCourt was not going to lose the team. McCourt always gave the directive to keep the contracts short and not a lot of money was committed. Now that he is actually trying to drive up the price of the franchise, Dodger fans reep the benefits of this long term deal! I wouldn't be surprised if they made a serious run at Fielder who Kemp is recruiting and Fielder has indicated he would like to play with the Dodgers, if the price is right of course. As a Dodger fan, I would love to have these 2 guys (with Kershaw of course) be the cornerstones of the franchise for the next 6-8 years! Have Garvey win the Auction with his Investors that include Orel Hershiser and the pain and suffering of this last year may be HISTORY!  

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:37 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

my bad thalooch -- fyi though, you don't have to be an a** about it.  Peace.

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