In just a few hours, we will have some closure on the 2011 baseball season. The National League MVP will be the final award announced and could potentially be the icing on the cake of Matt Kemp's season.
The announcement will come just days after Kemp inked his John Hancock on an eight-year, $160 million deal that will keep him in Dodger blue through the 2018 season.
There’s no arguing that there is great risk involved when an organization guarantees a human being this much Gruyere for this long. I am, for now, a fan of the move, though I prefer to cheat when evaluating the success of a contract. That is to say, I prefer to wait until the contract has ended, look at all the facts, and then berate a team’s front office for the crappy decision.
But for the sake of entertainment, I’ll spend the next few pages defending the signing of the NL’s best offensive player.