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“We’ve still got a little bit more to go, little more things to work out,” Kemp said Monday following the dedication of a youth field in Compton, where he was joined by outgoing Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. “Hopefully I’ll be a Dodger for years to come.”
The deal would make Kemp one of baseball’s highest-paid players and it would be the largest in team history. The previous record was set in 1998 when pitcher Kevin Brown signed a $105 million, seven-year deal.
The 27-year-old Kemp made a run at the elusive Triple Crown this season, leading the National League in home runs (39) and RBIs (126). He finished third in batting average at .324 and stole 40 bases.
A leading contender for NL MVP, Kemp can become a free agent after the 2012 season.
The club filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year and McCourt recently reached an agreement with Major League Baseball for a court-supervised sale of the team and its media rights.
McCourt said he doesn’t regret agreeing to sell the team and he wants to make sure he leaves the franchise in better shape than he found it.
“It got to a point where it became very, very clear to me that it was the right decision,” he said. “It wasn’t my first choice, but it’s something I’m comfortable with.”
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