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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: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:29 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

This is a huge amount of money for a team in flux.  With that said, locking up Kemp actually increases the perceived value of the Dodgers, so that is a good thing for McCourt and Company to work on.  It's probably considered a good move in baseball circles, too.  Ok, so Kemp will become the face of the Dodgers for almost the next decade.  Let's hope his character issues don't resurface and that he can be part of the reason the Dodgers regain their luster!

Go Blue.


Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension


Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:40 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

When will the Dodgers learn?<br />

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:14 pm

Report: Dodgers, Matt Kemp discussing extension

Kemp had a great year....but it was only 1 season since hitting below .250, right ? Can someone guarantee THAT can't happen again ?

Many current MLB contracts are ridiculous, and probably unsustainable...players have 1 great season, and they are paid like Hall Of Famers the rest of their careers. If Ruth, Cobb, Dimaggio, Williams, Aaron, Mantle or Mays had todays small parks, DH, diluted pitching and PED's they would probably have had 900 homers, hit .450 and make $40 million a year.     

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