Los Angeles, CA – While their ownership situation may in year extension.
The extension could be announced as early as this afternoon when Kemp and owner Frank McCourt are scheduled to attend the opening of a new field funded by the Dodgers Dream Foundation.
It is believed to be a $160 million deal, making it the largest contract in team history, trumping the $105 million pact the team gave to Kevin Brown back in 1999.
Kemp is coming off his finest year as a pro, as he nearly pulled off a Triple Crown despite little or no protection in the middle of a Dodgers lineup that produced just 82 wins.
The 27-year-old Kemp hit .324 (third in the NL) with 39 home runs and 126 RBI in 2011, leading the NL in home runs, RBI, runs scored (115) and total bases (353).
A 2011 NL All-Star, Kemp also finished among league leaders in multi-hit games (57, tied for first), hits (195, second), slugging percentage (.586, second), extra-base hits (76, second), stolen bases (40, tied for second) and on-base percentage (.399, fourth).
He also became the seventh player in major league history to finish the season ranked in the top three in homers, batting average, RBI and stolen bases in their respective league and the first since Hank Aaron in 1963.
The Dodgers, of course, were put up for sale in early November after McCourt steered the team into bankruptcy following his much-publicized divorce.