LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It’s official, Matt Kemp will be playing baseball in Los Angeles for the next eight years.

The Dodgers center fielder finalized a $160 million, eight-year contract extension with the team.

The contract was signed at a news conference Friday with general manager Ned Colletti and troubled owner Frank McCourt.

Kemp, 27, hit 39 home runs this past season, with a batting average of .324. The slugger also drove in 126 runs.

In 2011, Kemp won the Hank Aaron award the National League’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player, the “Baseball America Player of the Year,” and is in the running for the NL’s Most Valuable Player prize.

  1. ginny says:

    Something is really wrong with this country when a professional athlete gets this kind of money. Not one player, in any sport, is worth this kind of salary. With this kind of money he should never strike out or have less then a double or triple min. when at bat.

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