The Dodgers have started to talk to Matt Kemp about a long term deal, but Kemp seems content to go year-to-year through arbitration and hit the market one day:
“We’ve got to figure out if it even makes sense to do a multiyear. The
club is looking for something, the player is looking for something.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a meeting of the minds. In that case,
we’re fine doing it one year at a time.”
Kemp is a Gold Glove winner, a Silver Slugger Award winner and appears to be on a rocket ship trajectory towards super stardom. Generally speaking, I can’t imagine that any player wouldn’t want a long term deal. But given where Kemp is right now, the kind of long term deal he’d be interested in wouldn’t be the sort of long term deal the team would be interested in (i.e. one with no significant discount).
Kemp is probably going to make north of $4 million in arbitration (or in a pre-arb, one-year contract) this year, and barring injuries, it’ll raise quickly from there. If I were him, I wouldn’t be in any hurry to sign an extension.
Extension season continues. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are close to an agreement on a five-year extension. The value is believed to be around $130 million, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goldschmidt was set to become a free agent after the season.
The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt, 31, from the Diamondbacks in December in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young, and a 2019 competitive balance round B pick. The slugger is a six-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner. Goldschmidt owns a career .297/.398/.532 triple-slash line along with 209 home runs, 710 RBI, 709 runs scored, and 124 stolen bases. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base. As a result, he has accumulated 40.3 Wins Above Replacement over eight seasons, according to Baseball Reference.
With Goldschmidt in place, the Cardinals are set at first base for the foreseeable future. Though Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, carrying an OPS barely above .700 into June, he recovered and finished with a .922 OPS. That two-month blip aside, there’s no reason to think Goldschmidt’s production is about to fall off anytime soon.