Matt Kemp And Los Angeles Dodgers Working On Long-Term Deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in negotiations with star outfielder Matt Kemp on a potential long-term contract, according to MLB.com.
"I hope we can work something out," Kemp told MLB.com. "I don't know what the future holds. But I've told everybody this is where I want to be, in L.A. for years to come. But I can't control anything. It's up to the front office."
Kemp is likely to demand a lucrative long-term deal as the Dodgers outfielder just finished an MVP caliber season. The 27-year-old hit .324/.399/.586 and led the league with both 39 home runs and 126 RBI. He also stole 40 bases, falling just one home run shy of joining the elite 40 stolen base and 40 home run club.
Kemp just finished a two-year $11.1 million deal with the Dodgers and will be eligible to become a free-agent after next season. The Oklahoma native has played for the Dodgers since 2006 when he broke into the major leagues at 21-years-old. In six seasons, he has averaged 26 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and a hitting line of .294/.350/.496.