Dodgers Links: Kemp Extension, 2012 Plans, Bonuses

It was on this day 21 years ago that Orel Hershiser picked up the 20th win of his legendary 1988 campaign.  Hershiser threw a complete game, seven-hit shutout of the Reds for the 20th of his eventual 23 wins that season.  The nine shutout frames against Cincinnati represented innings 13 1/3-22 1/3 of Hershiser's record streaks of 59 1/3 scoreless innings.

Some modern-day news from Los Angeles….

  • Dave Stewart, agent for Matt Kemp and a former Dodgers star himself, tells Tyler Kepner of The New York Times that he hasn't received any word from L.A. management about a possible multiyear extension for the MVP candidate.  “If by some chance we’re able to get something long-term done, we’ll approach that when the ball club is ready to do it,” Stewart said. “But we’re preparing for a one-year contract and arbitration, if we have to. With the uncertainty of the ball club and ownership, really our only option is to sit and wait and hope that they come to us and want to talk to Matt about keeping him in Los Angeles for a long time.”  If the two sides stick to a one-year deal, MLBTR estimates Kemp's 2012 salary to be around $15MM.   
  • Kepner also has a larger profile of Kemp, detailing his rise from an unheralded sixth-round draft pick to arguably the best player in the sport.
  •'s Ken Gurnick outlines potential incentive clauses that Hiroki Kuroda and Jamey Carroll can reach in the season's closing weeks.
  • Ned Colletti and Don Mattingly both expect the 2012 Dodgers' roster to largely resemble the 2011 version, tweets Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  Both men feel the team is "only a player or two away" from contention.

8 Responses to Dodgers Links: Kemp Extension, 2012 Plans, Bonuses Leave a Reply

  1. win4vin 4 years ago

    that player being either fielder or pujols!  sigh… a dodger fan can only dream.  too bad we’re frankrupt!

  2. AmericanMovieFan 4 years ago

    Even with a hometown discount he probably wouldn’t sign for more than 4 years/$60MM or 8 years/$168MM depending on what he wants from his career money-wise. The 4 year deal would be a club friendly contract that could keep him around long enough for the Dodgers to rebuild and contend with him as their franchise player, while the 8 year deal is comparable to top tier free agency as is.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      I really think it would be a mistake for Kemp to accept a “hometown discount.” The Dodgers have, obviously, some serious financial issues. If he’s happy, he should stay there but I’m not sure that franchise and that front office isn’t one that I would give a discount for.

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        I think it’s a mistake to assume Kemp might even take a discount, hometown or otherwise. With Kemp’s year, if he can duplicate it then he’s going into next offseason as the top FA hitter.

    • I think of a typical hometown discount as leaving 10-20% of total salary on the table, whether that be less years or lower amount per year. Considering the deals signed the last few year 8yrs/168MM is about market value (maybe 5-6 mil less considering they are buying out his last arb year). So a 4yrs/60MM would be leaving 65% on the table. The players union would freak out.

    • Kemp is from Oklahoma…

  3. Daniel Powell 4 years ago

    21 years ago was 1988? What year are we in? Where are we? What’s going on?

  4. wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

    MLBTR, I agree with Daniel Powell, I think your math is just a LITTLE bit off

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