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.

 

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.