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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: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

Why not 8 for 50 million?  50 million is plenty for the lifetime of 10 people.
I am not disagreeing that $50mil is a lot of money, but Kemp did not set the market.  No reason he should walk away from $110million if he doesnt have to.  He can, if he chooses, do a lot of good things with that money, but even if he doesn't in baseball terms, relative only to other athletes, he earned that money so take it if you can get it.

Kemp had a great year....but it was only 1 season since hitting below .250, right ? Can someone guarantee THAT can't happen again ?
Of course not, any player can have a bad year at any time, especially young developing players.  Nobody can guarantee any player won't have a bad year or two in his career.  Yes, Kemp hit .249 last year (along with 28HR and 89 RBI...but if you look at the two years before that .290 18-76 with 35 steals and ..297 26 101 with 34 steals, you would note that its more likely that 2010 was the exception ad 2011 is the rule --i.e. that the Dodgers are locking up a 2x gold glove and silver slugger winner, a guy who flirted with the triple crown and may win the MVP who is only 27 and still improving...a potential  40Hr 40SB guy.  Wait another year..Kemp has another monster year, becomes a FA and then what?  The price goes way up and he may leave LA.  Yes there is risk in giving Kemp this deal, but looking at the generally upward arc of his career (with an aberration 1 season--that still produced almost 30HR and 90 RBI) its a good gamble.

Personally, if the "bad year" in the next 8 is .250 - 38 -90 and the good years are .300+ avg with 30+ HR 100+ RBI and 40SB then this is money well spent by LA imo.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

the article says FIFTH richest contract signed. L2READ



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

Kemp would earn eight years and $160 million on his deal withthe , which would tie for the richest contract signed.
Huh?  How is this the "richest contract signed".  ARod got 10 years and $275million right...more years, more total dollars, more dollars per year.  I know there are a few other deals as well for at least more per year if not total dollars.



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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:24 pm
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

best news in years in dodger land,now lock up kershaw,sign jimmy rollins and find a starting pitcher,puljos should be explored,and we can try to resign eithier too

No way the Dodgers are even thinking about Rollins.  Dee Gordan is the Dodgers' SS and leadoff man for the foreseeable future, not overpaying for an aging, declining Jimmy Rollins.  Pitching they do need--1. convince Kuroda to sign up for 1 more year, 2. sign another vet as an innings eaterm in case some of the young kids arent ready to step up this year.  Fielder is more likely than Pujols but, unfortunately, I dont think either is likely to be in LA.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

No doubt the Dodgers need to lock up Kemp and effectively have..........but, when you see guys getting $20M a season it seems to create a slippery slope.  Look at the NBA......soon MLB owner's will all be having trouble and we will have another lockout.


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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:52 pm
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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

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I guess the thinking here is that Kemp will continue to produce at the level of 2011 well into the future. I would say that Kemp earned the money he was paid already, but to say he deserves this contract based on his performance is ridiculous. He will have to be one of the premier players (top 5) in the game for the next 8 years. This is someone who has only played 4 full years in the majors. I would love to have him on my team, no doubt, but long term contracts like this are absurd; kind of hard to pin this one on the Yankees...



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

Wow, from a phils fan that overpays for EVERYONE and then doesn't win the WS this year!!!  



Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

best news in years in dodger land,now lock up kershaw,sign jimmy rollins and find a starting pitcher,puljos should be explored,and we can try to resign eithier too


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