This is a huge move for the Dodgers that will help them significantly going forward. Kemp had stated that he did not want to negotiate a deal once the season started, so the Dodgers had a limited window to sign him to an extension.
The eight-year deal is a record for the longest contract in Dodgers' history. The deal will also be the seventh-largest deal in MLB history but will likely be eclipsed by the deals signed by Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols this winter.
Kemp has been an absolute star for the Dodgers, and this deal makes a lot of sense for them. He is expected to win the first NL MVP award of his career after he posted a .324/.399/.586 triple slash line to go along with 39 home runs, 126 RBI and 40 stolen bases.
It is also possible that having this deal in place now makes the Dodgers more desirable for potential owners. They know for certain they will have one of the faces of the franchise around for almost the next decade.
Kemp is a player to build around and will be a key piece of the Dodgers' future success.
With Kemp now signed, the Dodgers could now look to extend Clayton Kershaw as well. He is the other big star on the Dodgers and he could be in for a mega-deal as well.