Dodgers Agree On $160 Million Extension With Matt Kemp
Update: Despite previous reports, Kemp has said that he has not yet agreed to a deal with the Dodgers. Kemp, however, insists that he would like to play the rest of his career with Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are reportedly in an agreement on an eight-year $160 million contract, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. The deal is pending a physical.
According to Heyman, the deal will likely include a full no-trade clause for the slugging outfielder.
Kemp, who wasn’t eligible for free agency until after next season, had stated that he did not want to negotiate a contract extension after the 2012 campaign had begun.
In his best season-to-date, 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. 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.