clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Los Angeles Dodgers Agree To Deal With Matt Kemp

Per this tweet from SI's Jon Heyman, the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with star outfielder and MVP candidate Matt Kemp.  According to Ken Rosenthal, the deal will be around $160M for 8 years.

The Dodgers were very motivated to sign Kemp, not just because he is their best player, but because, according to this article by ESPN Los Angeles, their ownership situation will limit what they can acquire via free agency.  Additionally, Kemp has said that he would not negotiate once the 2012 season has started.

All these factors made signing Kemp the highest priority for the Dodgers.  Kemp is the rare true 5 tool player who blends power, speed, and defense. He had an outstanding season where he put up a line of 324/.399/.586 that included 39 HRs to go with 40 SBs.

Kemp's deal is the 7th highest deal in MLB history, equaling the amount that the Red Sox gave Manny Ramirez in 2000.

Question: Did Kemp get a great deal (or one of the best deals ever)?

Answer in the comments below!