Kemp agrees to eight-year extension with Dodgers

Kemp agrees to eight-year extension with Dodgers
November 14, 2011, 10:17 pm
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It looks like Frank McCourt's financial issues aren't preventing the Dodgers from writing big checks.The Giants' long-time rival signed star centerfielder Matt Kemp to an eight-year, 160 million extension, according to Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman.

If Kemp repeats his production from 2011 throughout the length of the contract, the Dodgers got themselves a bargain. Last season, Kemp hit .324 with 39 home runs, 136 RBIs, 114 runs and 40 steals and was honored with an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove, and a Silver Slugger award. He is also a top contender for the National League's Most Valuable Player award.However, Kemp is just one season removed from a disappointing .249 campaign in 2010, when many reporters questioned his focus and effort both at the plate and in the outfield.Giants fans: Do your best to ignore rivalry-based biases and evaluate the extension simply as a baseball fan. Is Kemp worth the seventh-richest contract in MLB history and the largest in Dodgers franchise history? Or will L.A. regret the deal when they're paying Kemp over 20 million in 2019?