Dodgers, Kemp finalize $160 million, 8-year deal
Friday, November 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $160 million, eight-year contract, matching the seventh-highest deal in baseball history.
Kemp and general manager Ned Colletti each signed the contract at a news conference Friday at Dodger Stadium, with lame duck owner Frank McCourt looking on.
The 27-year-old slugger led the NL in homers (39) and RBIs (126), while finishing third in batting average at .324 and stealing 40 bases.
His deal trails only the last two contracts of Alex Rodriguez, and deals for Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia and matches the agreement Manny Ramirez signed with Boston before the 2001 season.