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Kemp contract: Back-loaded, no no-trade clause

Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:10 pm
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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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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Kemp contract: Back-loaded, no no-trade clause

For all that he has been through with the McCourt ownership Kemp is willing to play somewhere else (if the Dodgers decide to trade him).
This no no trade clause makes you wonder, great payday but, is he going somewhere sooner than later?



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Kemp contract: Back-loaded, no no-trade clause

For all that he has been through with the McCourt ownership Kemp is willing to play somewhere else (if the Dodgers decide to trade him).  I'm sure it helped him get more money overall in the deal.  The dollar amount value (and trade value) of Kemp to the Dodgers goes up with no no-trade clause.  Can you imagine the flexibility that allows the team?  If he has another MVP caliber season within the next few years the Dodgers will have an incredible trading chip if they need it.  Kemp will still be young and very productive.  The Dodgers may never want to trade him but having that option is very valuable!


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