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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: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:25 pm

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

If he plays like last year he's worth it but this is a guy that mailed it in in 2010.  I wouldn't trust effort from him for eight years.  On a slightly related note, maybe the Mets should declare bankruptcy so they can re-sign Reyes.

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:24 pm

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

So here are my questions.  Who is the GM for the Dodger? are laundering money or what?  Who is Matt Kemp? Is this guy the type of player people go to the park to see!!!!  This deal top the Blue Jay deal to Vernon Wells for the domber deal ever.  A least when they signed Many Ramires he was not young or in his prime time but people paid to go see him perform but matt kemp? The Dodger should spend this kind of money to hire smarter people in they head office.  Oh hold on let me see Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, Juan Usribe and matt Kemp!!!!!   I smell 2013 championship parade in LA. "No wonder why the team is in financial detress"

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:39 am

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

This is a HORRIBLE DEAL.. Waste of money.. How can you pay this guy that kind of money when the Toronto Blue Jays MVP slugger and considerably the best hitter bar non to Pujos is being paid $10 million a year..  What a rip off.. Even the Yankees know they overpaid for Teixeira.

Its just mind boggling to think a no name Kemp thinks he's a top five player in the MLB..  I live in the east coast and I never heard of him. Just goes to show how much he REALLY isnt worth $20 Million a season..

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:23 am

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

This is a good deal. At least the Dodgers will be rid of his contract when he is 35, as opposed to whatever team signs Pujols. The deal will probably look bad in years 6-8, but at least they got him in his prime and they got a discount for his prior good years with the Dodgers. He gave them a MVP type year this year at a cost of only 7 million. When compared to about 15-16 of the top 20 MLB salaries, this is a great deal.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:10 am

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

I'll never be convinced an 8 year deal at $20 mil. per is sound business. It's just a tremendous amount of guaranteed money for a very un-guaranteed return. Too many players get injured, and since they've reduced "vitamin S", 30-somethings are mere mortals again... Odds are, one out of 100 players will have 8 consistent years, worth that kind of money.  Kemp is only 27, but will be 35 when it's over.

Pujols never had a year under .300/30/100 until his 11th year, and THAT has NEVER been done before in MLB history... Kemp hit .249 just a season ago. Is THAT the difference in $220 milliion and $160 million ?

Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:05 am

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

Marlin down below, pretty much summed up this insane contract. Idiot people for giving out this much money.
He is probably saying "Suckers" all the way to his own bank.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:52 am

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

So now he can strat dating Rhinanna again and start sucking at baseball again. This guy has focus issues. The Dodgers will still suck. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:56 am

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

So is his first check going to bounce?

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:05 am

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

Okay, pay the man.  I mean realistic market value and not the Era of Baseball.  I can't help it but the first thing that comes to mind is Pavano and Zito.  And in football (although the jury is still out), Chris Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick.  I hope the Dodgers don't regret this one and on the flip side, I hope he produces and helps rebuild this team.  Just can't fathom paying so much in guarantees that regardless of future production, he's going to get his jack.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:58 am

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

Yeah---I remeber Matt Holliday---the Cardinals left fielder who just got a World Series RING----the guy who hit .296 BA / .912 OPS and 22 HR in 2011, after several injuries----also a lifetime .315 hitter with a Batting Championship, as well as an RBI league-leading season.
Is this who you are referring to as a "bust"....hmmmm......

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