- Jim Bowden, ESPN Insider
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, priority No. 1 this offseason -- besides finding a new owner -- was signing All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to a contract extension. From the sound of it, the Dodgers can scratch that off their offseason to-do list and Dodgers fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it appears Kemp has agreed to an eight-year extension that will pay him $160 million.
Kemp is a classic five-tool player who fell one home run shy of joining the 40-40 club this year. The 27-year-old has tremendous power to all fields and can hit all types of pitches on both sides of the plate. On the bases, first-base coach Davey Lopes helped Kemp improve significantly at spotting pitchers’ pickoff moves and with the general nuances of base stealing.