Found November 14, 2011 on
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Ken Gurnick is reporting that the Dodgers are closing in on a franchise record eight-year, $160MM deal. The deal is expected to be made official after Kemp passes a physical. The deal is said to include a full no-trade clause, which could theoretically keep Kemp in Dodger blue until he is 34. That means the Dodgers are essentially buying out all of his prime years.
More importantly the Dodgers are about to turn a new leaf, signing a home grown talent for the first time in over a decade. Mike Piazza, this guy could've been the franchise player, but the Dodgers failed to make it happen by trading him to the Marlins. History repeated itself with Adrian Beltre who was lost to free agency. Correct me if I am wrong but the last home grown guy the Dodgers kept around was Eric Karros. The former Dodger first baseman stayed around until 2002, but he was never what you can call a franchise player.
Alright so time to talk some numbers, after all $160MM is pretty hard to ignore...
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are in serious discussions that could land the 27-year-old outfielder $160 million over eight years, sources told FOXSports.com.
It would rank as the seventh-largest contract in baseball history.
Kemp's sixth season in the majors was his best. He hit .324 with 39 home runs, 126 RBIs and 40 stolen bases in 2011. His .586 slugging percentage...
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt (left) and Matt Kemp attend the opening of a new little league field in Compton, CA. Kemp remained silent about reports he was ready to sign an 8 year, $160 million deal with the team.
Frank McCourt may have been a terrible owner but he is turning into quite the apologist. Ever since he lost his battle with Bud Selig to retain control of the Dodgers, McCourt...
Hooray! The Dodgers are going to sign superstar Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160 million contract extension!!!
Booo! The Dodgers just gave middle-aged infielder Mark Ellis a two-year deal worth around $9 million!!!
Oh, you silly Dodgers, your decision making is so befuddling paradoxical. How can one team be so smart and yet so stupid at the same time. I mean that literally...
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday announced that they have signed second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year in 2014. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
Mark brings a veteran presence to our lineup and he knows how to handle the bat, said Colletti. On defense, hes been one of the most dependable second...
Kemp, Dodgers On Verge Of Eight-Year Extension (MLBTR)
Twitter scuttlebutt is that Matt Kemp and Frank McCourt are supposed to attend a 1 p.m. youth field dedication today. Announcement forthcoming?
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Kemp says he wants to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers but no deal has been reached amid reports that he's close to signing an eight-year, $160 million contract.
It was always top three on my Most Wanted List, and slid up to one after a couple of other White Whales were acquired. It's not a Dodgers card, but it is the True Rookie Card of my favorite pitcher, second favorite Dodger (they're really 1A and 1B), and the man who makes up my second most important PC. So it was a must-have, clearly.I picked it up from a guy who was selling...
Matt Kemp says he wants to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers but no deal has been reached amid reports that he's close to signing an eight-year, $160 million contract. Kemp said Monday he has not reached an agreement with the Dodgers but would like to spend the rest of his career with the team.
Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt speaks publicly for the 1st time since announcing he has agreed to sell the team. McCourt spoke at Mona Park in Compton where the team was dedicating a new Dodgers Dream Field.
I wrote this about last weekend's Jamey Carroll Sweepstakes over at the Outside Corner. I'm planning on making my winter posts over there part of a recurring theme: the winter is a rough time to be the fan of any team except for a few of baseball's biggest spenders.