On Nov. 18, 2011, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing of Matt Kemp to an eight-year, $160 million contract extension, which at the time represented the largest in National League history.
The Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round in 2003 and he made his MLB debut in 2006. In the ensuing years, Kemp developed into one of the bright young stars in baseball, being named an All-Star twice in addition to winning two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Sluggers in his first seven seasons with the Dodgers.
Kemp’s 2011 season was a memorable one, and that’s what led to then-general manager Ned Colletti signing him to the record-breaking extension. In 161 games that year, Kemp hit .324/.399/.586 with 33 doubles, 39 home runs, 115 runs scored, 126 RBI and 40 stolen bases.
Despite the strong all-around season, Kemp finished second in the NL MVP voting to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who was later suspended for PED use.
While Kemp didn’t win the 2011 NL MVP, his future in Los Angeles appeared secure. That didn’t end up happening, of course, as Kemp dealt with a number of injuries in the years after signing the contract and president of baseball operations <a…< a=””></a…<>