Originally written on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 11/14/11
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With news breaking today that Matt Kemp is close to signing an eight year, $160 million dollar deal with the Dodgers, one has to wonder what impact that will have, if any, on the Jose Reyes market? It’s possible that the two may not end up correlating, but it’s rare that long-term, big dollar contracts get looked at in a vacuum by Major League front offices. Executives are prone to look at a long-term deal and say, “Well, if Player X got that, then Player Y deserves this.” So what happens when Kemp is stacked up to Reyes? Does Jose’s perceived value sky rocket or end up taking a hit? $20 million a year seems to be the going rate associated long associated with Reyes. And that’s exactly what Kemp will sign for, should this deal go through.  At 27 years old, Kemp is a year and three months younger than the 28 year old Reyes, and is and stands to evolve as a very different player. Kemp led the league in homers (39) and RBIs (124) last year, while still swiping 40 bases in 51 attempts ...
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