The Los Angeles Dodgers and Matt Kemp are in agreement on a deal that would land the 27-year-old outfielder $160 million over eight years, pending a physical, sources told FOXSports.com.
It would rank as the seventh-largest contract in baseball history. The deal also would be the largest in team history. The previous record was set in 1998 when pitcher Kevin Brown signed a $105 million, seven-year deal.
”We’ve still got a little bit more to go, little more things to work out,” Kemp said Monday following the dedication of a youth field in Compton, where he was joined by outgoing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. ”Hopefully I’ll be a Dodger for years to come.”
Kemp’s sixth season in the majors was his best. He hit .324 with personal highs of 39 home runs, 126 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 2011. His .586 slugging percentage and .985 OPS were also career highs.
Kemp has produced 128 homers and a .294 batting average in 787 career games. He is also a two-time Gold Glove winner.
Kemp has one season left on a contract that paid him $7.1 million last season.
McCourt said he doesn’t regret agreeing to sell the team and he wants to make sure he leaves the franchise in better shape than he found it.
”It got to a point where it became very, very clear to me that it was the right decision,” he said. ”It wasn’t my first choice, but it’s something I’m comfortable with.”