Kemp, Dodgers agree to $10.95M, 2-year deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $10.95 million, two-year contract.
The move means Los Angeles avoids salary arbitration with Kemp, who batted .297 with 26 homers and 101 RBIs last season. He stole 34 bases and won his first Gold Glove in center field while improving on almost all of his offensive statistics from 2008, his first full big league campaign.
The Dodgers also avoided arbitration with right-hander Chad Billingsley, who agreed to a $3.85 million, one-year deal. Billingsley was an All-Star in 2009 with nine quick, early season wins, but he struggled in the second half and finished 12-11 with a 4.03 ERA for the NL West champions.