Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 4/25/13
One of the peculiar things in professional sports is the pay structure involved. Most other businesses have established pay schedules or rules of thumb that govern what we get paid. In professional sports (particularly baseball) a player can be Hall of Fame worthy, but his pay early in his career will be paltry. Suddenly, he enters arbitration and it skyrockets. The key for fans and fantasy players alike is not to adjust their expectations after a player gets his huge pay day. Enter Matt Kemp. Kemp began an eight year 160 million dollar deal this past season following what should have been a MVP campaign in 2011 (sorry Ryan Braun fans). The temptation is to take his huge contract and his 2011 season and assume that Matt Kemp has arrived as a superstar. The problem is that the numbers don’t necessarily back that up. For those that have been following the hold and fold series, you know that we use past numbers (read: not 2013) to determine whether a slumping player is really just slum...
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