Details of Matt Kemp’s contract extension with the Dodgers

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Matt Kemp’s new eight-year, $160 million extension with the Dodgers.

Signing bonus: $2 million
2012: $10 million
2013: $20 million
2014: $21 million
2015: $21 million
2016: $21.5 million
2017: $21.5 million
2018: $21.5 million
2019: $21.5 million

The deal takes Kemp through his age-34 season. Of his $10 million salary for next season, $2 million will be deferred without interest. Also, contrary to earlier reports, Hernandez hears that the contract doesn’t appear to contain a no-trade clause.

Kemp’s contract is the richest in National League history and is tied for seventh-largest in major league history. The deal sets a new club record, topping the seven-year, $105 million contract the Dodgers gave Kevin Brown in 1998.

 

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.