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Details of Matt Kemp’s contract extension with the Dodgers

Nov 18, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Matt Kemp‘s new eight-year, $160 million extension with the Dodgers.

Signing bonus: $2 million
2012: $10 million
2013: $20 million
2014: $21 million
2015: $21 million
2016: $21.5 million
2017: $21.5 million
2018: $21.5 million
2019: $21.5 million

The deal takes Kemp through his age-34 season. Of his $10 million salary for next season, $2 million will be deferred without interest. Also, contrary to earlier reports, Hernandez hears that the contract doesn’t appear to contain a no-trade clause.

Kemp’s contract is the richest in National League history and is tied for seventh-largest in major league history. The deal sets a new club record, topping the seven-year, $105 million contract the Dodgers gave Kevin Brown in 1998.


  1. uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    D.J. how come the numbers per year plus the signing bonus don’t add up to $160MM?

    • D.J. Short - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      I’m pretty sure they do.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        Sorry, my mistake. You’re absolutely correct.

      • cur68 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

        Hey, who gives a “thumbs down” to this anyways? I’m just curious, since I’m avoiding work for half an hour and its always bugged me. See I can understand making a mistake, and I suppose those down clicks on UYF’s original comment have some logic (though it does sort of imply an element of judgement on others, which was, last time I paid attention to the Christian Mythologies, a Sin) but a down click on Drew pointing out he was right makes no sense at all. Whatupwidat?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Cur, people who want to tweek those who care about thumbs up/down rankings.

      • cur68 - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Busted, swbgatet, totally busted…but to be honest I just wanted to annoy people with the phrase “Christian Mythologies”. Never fails to get the panties bunched in certain people of whom there are, as of this typing, 7. My version of trolling, I guess.

    • phukyouk - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

      Forgot to carry the 1, didn’t you? :-)

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        I would like to say that bus the case. But it was just a stupid mistake on my part. As they say mistakes are why they put erasers on pencils or more appropriate to this day and age “edit or delete” comment signs on web site blogs.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM

        …and to prove my previous point the comment should read…”I would like to that WAS the case…” Hopefully this time I got it right. But I’m not counting on it.

      • phukyouk - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        WTF is an Edit function?

      • bigxrob - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        You just made an error on your post correcting a previous error. UYF, you sound like need a beer after a long week.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        I need something, bigxrob. I give up on this subject. It is what it is.

  2. phukyouk - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    “$105 million contract the Dodgers gave Kevin Brown in 1998.”

    I Just threw up in my mouth a little bit

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Now he can afford to buy some uglier suits.

  4. thefalcon123 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    In his time with the Dodgers, Brown posted a 148 ERA+ and 20.2 WAR over 5 seasons. He was totally health 3 of those 5 seaons and in those three years, he ranked 3rd, 2nd and 3rd in WAR for pitchers.

    Here are his numbers as a reminder:
    1999: 18-9, 3.00 ERA (143 ERA+), 252 IP
    2000: 13-6, 2.58 ERA* (169 ERA+), 230 IP, .991 Whip
    2001: 10-4, 2.65 ERA (151 ERA+), 115 IP
    2002: 3-4, 4.81 ERA (79 ERA+), 63 IP
    2003: 14-9, 2.39 ERA (169 ERA+), 211 IP

    What the hell are Dodgers fans so pissed about again? He was one of the best pitchers in baseball when he was healthy. He missed time in a couple of seasons…it happens. But the Brown deal was nowhere close to being the god-awful contract everyone makes it out to be.

    • bigxrob - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      you and your stats….

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      The worst part of the Brown deal was the New Sherrif claiming he had come to town.

    • lanflfan - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Biggest problem I had with the deal was that, apparently, management forgot you need to have a complete team (24 other guys) that play pretty good baseball. The Dodger offense for part of those years was horrid.

  5. btwicey - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    My dynasty league is in great shape :)

  6. mondzy805 - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Great move. I hope the Cy Young winner is next. Kershaw earn it, already. Go Blue.

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