Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 11/14/11
Dodgers fans are looking forward to new ownership next season, and now they have certainty about their cornerstone center fielder.  The Dodgers and Matt Kemp agreed to an eight-year, $160MM extension today, which ties for the seventh-richest contract in MLB history. Kemp, 27, did not want to discuss an extension once his 2012 contract year began.  He might have earned $15MM+ through arbitration for '12, so the new deal buys out seven free agent seasons at more than $20MM each.  At $160MM, Kemp ties Manny Ramirez's free agent contract from 11 years ago as the seventh-largest in MLB history, for now.  Prior to Kemp, the biggest contract in Dodgers history was Kevin Brown's $105MM deal in December of '98.  Kemp is represented by former pitcher Dave Stewart.   Kemp is expected to finish highly in the NL MVP voting later this month after breaking out with a .324/.399/.586 line and 39 home runs in 689 plate appearances this year.  Outside of 2010, UZR has shown Kemp to be roughly...
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