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Thread: Kemp/Dodgers near Mega-Deal: $160MM for 8 years!

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    Default Kemp/Dodgers near Mega-Deal: $160MM for 8 years!

    Sources -- Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers near $160 million deal - ESPN Los Angeles

    Thought this deserved its own thread, it's a stunning deal for a few reasons.

    First, an 8 year deal is 5 years more than any other deal Ned has signed since the Juan Pierre deal. Since then, 3 years has been the max for extensions and free agent deals.

    Second, $20 million per year is quite a haul considering it's an extension and not a free agent deal. Deals like this usually assume both sides gave up something to make it happen, so Kemp would have been looking for either more years (unlikley) or more dollars (likely) on the open market. The Dodgers would likely have caved on giving more years than they wanted to keep Kemp off the market. What will Pujols and Fielder want? They both put up numbers like Kemp, but with far more consistency and for a longer time. And they can have teams bid against each other, which Kemp could not.

    Third, word is that the Dodgers and handcuffed this offseason from going after free agents and spending money. But this Kemp deal certainly throws that into doubt, even though he is not a free agent it's hard to believe the Dodgers could hand out a $200MM extension if they had the clamps on their checkbook. A deal of this magnitude could mean the Dodgers are free to improve the team without restrictions (positive view) or that they only have approval to retain players hence the urgency to spend and spend big on Rivera and Kemp.
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    This kind of commitment goes a long way toward repairing the fan-base bridges that were torched under McCourt's reign.

    Even if Kemp doesn't live up to the contract, it is absolutely the right move, at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post
    This kind of commitment goes a long way toward repairing the fan-base bridges that were torched under McCourt's reign.

    Even if Kemp doesn't live up to the contract, it is absolutely the right move, at this time.
    Definitely, it's the right message and a nice start. And while 8 years is a long deal, Kemp will be 35 in the final year so the risk is less than a lot of typical big free agent deals.
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    Also gives a nice message to the ownership groups bidding on the team.

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    Wonderful! Next up, Kershaw.
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    When is Kershaw due for his next deal??? He's just as big of a priority if you ask me.

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    Things are starting to look up. The end is near for McBroke, it just can't happen soon enough though.

    Way to go Kemp!

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    WOOT!!!! I can't say HOW HAPPY I am with this! If they had managed to let Kemp walk I would have had to stop rooting for the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kubrick View Post
    This kind of commitment goes a long way toward repairing the fan-base bridges that were torched under McCourt's reign.

    Even if Kemp doesn't live up to the contract, it is absolutely the right move, at this time.
    Couldn't agree more. He has the rare combo of speed and power; like Barry Bonds in his prime.

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