The Dodgers and center fielder Matt Kemp are in serious discussions on an eight-year, $160MM contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Dodgers and Kemp are on the verge of a deal, adds ESPN's Buster Olney. Such a contract would be the largest in Dodgers history by a long shot, and tied with Manny Ramirez for seventh all-time.
Kemp, 27, is coming off an MVP-caliber season and would be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season. He projects to earn over $15MM through arbitration, so if Rosenthal's figure proves final Kemp will receive more than $20MM per each of seven free agent seasons. The Dodgers would essentially be getting Kemp's free agent years for Carl Crawford money.