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Coming off an incredible offensive season, Matt Kemp is in line for a new contract with the Dodgers.
The organization has never paid a player more than $105 million and they will need to shell out more money over the next six months or risk losing Kemp in free agency.
"This is not going to be a cheap deal; you're talking about some pretty heavy dollars," said agent Dave Stewart.
Kemp wants to remain with the Dodgers, but at his agent's request he will not discuss a deal once the 2012 season begins.
"I know it is not a good thing to negotiate a contract during the course of the year; it's just not," Stewart said. "The player needs to be clear of mind and just do his job, and the organization also doesn't need the distraction."
If Kemp doesn't sign a new deal before the 2012 season, Stewart will also suggest that he entertain offers from elsewhere next winter.
Police say former Dodger Milton Bradley has been arrested for investigation of felony battery.
Police say the outfielder, released by Seattle this year, was arrested Tuesday at a San Fernando Valley home.
Police told the Los Angeles Times details of the incident were not available.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to become the first Dodgers player in 70 years to lead the NL in home runs and RBIs, and Los Angeles held off a late rally to beat the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Kemp hit his 39th homer in the seventh inning to pass Milwaukee's Prince Fielder for the league lead and finished with 126 RBIs, second-most in Dodgers history to Tommy Davis' 153 in 1962.
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in line for a huge raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
"I've started to think about it," said Kershaw, who earned $500,000 in 2011.
He'll be coming off a season in which he won the National League's pitching Triple Crown.
The Dodgers would normally want to lock up a pitcher like Kershaw with a long-term contract, but the team's bankruptcy issues may get in the way.
"For me," said Kershaw, "the ball is in their court. I'll listen to anything. As far as arbitration, I don't know what to expect. Never done it. I am kind of curious and excited about it, to go through the process. It's an interesting process. I'm up for anything and willing to listen to anything."
Fox Sports has sued the Dodgers over the proposed television rights sale that owner Frank McCourt has been counting on to keep the troubled franchise afloat.
In the filing, Fox Sports Net West asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject any proposed sale of the team's television rights that does not abide by the terms of the current contract.
Major League Baseball is trying to force a sale of the team with a request for an October hearing on its motion.
Fox retains exclusive negotiating rights through November 2012, as well as the right to match any other offer under that contract.
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