By Matt Snyder
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made their contract extension with MVP candidate Matt Kemp official, and there are a few interesting details on how the contract shakes out. It is for eight years and $160 million, which is obviously an average of $20 million per season. But with the Dodgers still in bankruptcy court, Kemp is only set to make $8 million during the 2012 season (yeah, I know, that's a liberal use of "only").
Here's the salary schedule, via LATimes.com:
2012: $10 million (but $2 million of that is deferred without interest)
2013: $20 million
2014-15: $21 million per season
2016-19: $21.5 million per season
Kemp will turn 35 in the final year of his contract, so this appears to be his one huge payday. Perhaps the most interesting part of this contract is that many of these astronomical deals include no-trade clauses. But Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported "there does not appear to be a no-trade clause."
Also worth noting is that Kemp agreed to donate $250,000 annually to the Dodgers Dream Foundation throughout the duration of the contract, which totals the exact amount of his $2 million signing bonus.
Kemp, 27, hit .324 with 39 home runs, 126 RBI, 115 runs and 40 stolen bases in 2011. He led the majors in RBI while leading the NL in home runs, runs, OPS-plus and total bases. He also won the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and made his first All-Star team.
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