Found November 15, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
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, after all, they made the gloriously brilliant move to keep lock up Matt Kemp on the same day they comically overpaid Mark Ellis.  As always with the Dodgers, it is two steps forward and one step back. To be fair, the Kemp contract extension is probably more like twenty-two steps forward for the embattled Dodger franchise.  Sure, they are paying through the nose to keep Kemp in Dodger Blue into his mid-thirties, but it was a move that the team HAD to make.  Kemp is probably just days away from winning his first MVP award, giving Dodger fans the first glimmer of brightness they have had in seasons. The dis...

Dodgers Close on Kemp Deal

The Dodgers, in the midst of a difficult transition period and sale, may have trouble getting approval to sign a big-ticket free agent. That doesn’t mean they can’t affect change in the free agent market place. As the team engages their 27-year-old once-maligned center fielder in extension discussions, they might be preparing do just that. Will the rumored numbers that will keep...

Matt Kemp on verge of signing record contract

Kemp and Dodgers reportedly are close to finalizing an eight-year, $160 million deal that would be largest in team history and seventh-largest in baseball history.

How does Kemp’s deal effect Reyes?

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...

Payday for Kemp

It looks like the Dodgers are about to make Matt Kemp a very rich man. Matt Kemp is on the verge of signing a long-term deal with the Dodgers that would be the largest contract in team history. Multiple reports have pegged the deal at eight years and $160 million. The Dodgers are scheduled to unveil a new Dream Field this afternoon in Compton and Kemp, who was not originally scheduled...

McCourts Last Stand On Kemp

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is teetering in on a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp working on a 8-year $160 million dollar extension that would keep the popular center fielder with the Dodgers into the next decade.The scary reality is a lot of the Dodgers long term investments have turned into a bust, however the MVP-caliber year of Kemp, on the cusp of his prime...

Dodgers, Matt Kemp Nearing $160 Mil Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to securing their star and face of the franchise for the foreseeable future. Free agent outfielder Matt Kemp and the Dodgers are close to an 8-year, $160 million contract according to multiple sources, including Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal: Kemp is a front runner for the NL MVP award after a career [...]

Dodgers agree to 8-year extension with Matt Kemp

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports, Matt Kemp has agreed to an eight-year, $160mm extension with the Dodgers. The deal also includes a full no trade clause, Jon Heyman of reports. Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti had set signing Kemp to an extension as a top priority this Winter as Kemp had indicated that he did not want to negotiate during the season. The signing of Kemp...

Dodgers Make Big Signing

The Los Angeles Dodgers are opening the pocket book, even though their owner situation is up in the air. Many didn’t expect them to be a presence in the free agent market. To begin their free agent frenzy, they’ve made a real splash… Mark Ellis. The team signed him to a 2 year, $8.75MM deal. Ellis will be the starting second baseman; he played last year with Oakland and...

Sources: Kemp, Dodgers near $160 million deal

Most Valuable Player candidate Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers are on the verge of agreeing to a new eight-year, $160 million contract, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Monday.

Dodgers Reach Agreement With Mark Ellis

Check another item off the Dodgers' winter to-do list, as the team reached an agreement with second baseman Mark Ellis on a two-year, $8.75MM deal.    With Dee Gordon penciled in at shortstop and Juan Uribe at third, second base was considered one of the Dodgers' offseason needs.  Ellis, 34, hit .248/.288/.346 in 519 plate appearances for the Athletics and Rockies...

Ellis In; Kuroda Needs Convincing

The Dodgers may have been given the Heisman by Ryan Doumit (is Mr. Misty Mays next?), but Ned Colletti has signed second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year, $8.75 million contract that includes a team option for 2014. "Ellis, 34, hit .248/.288/.346 in 519 plate appearances for the Athletics and Rockies this year," MLBTR tells us. Meanwhile, Ken Gurnick at brings...

Trainer News

Thanks to Dusty for the link to this interview with Dodgers head athletic trainer Sue Falsone at the Huffington Post. An excerpt: What is the most surprising part of your job? I think people would be surprised to know the amount of education it takes to become a physical therapist and an athletic trainer. The requirements have changed over the years, but it is now about seven years...
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