Dodgers sign Kent to contract extension
All-Star second baseman to wear Dodger uniform through 2007 with an option for 2008
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have signed All-Star second baseman Jeff Kent to a one-year contract extension with an option for 2008, according to Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"Jeff is the consummate professional and someday he's going to find himself in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown," said Colletti. "I feel fortunate that we were able to come to this agreement to keep him in a Dodger uniform for at least the next two seasons and hopefully more."
Kent, 38, is baseball's all-time leading home run hitter among second basemen with 306. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2005 for the fifth time in his career and he earned his fourth Silver Slugger award as the league's top offensive player at his position.
"I'm very happy with the direction the team is going and I'm looking forward to finishing my career in a Dodger uniform," said Kent. "This is a great way to close out my career in front of my parents and I'm pretty proud that we were able to get this done."
The 2000 National League Most Valuable Player has slugged 331 homers overall in his 14-year career and enters this season among baseball's all-time leaders in several categories, including doubles (474, 62nd), homers (331, 82nd), RBI (1,312, 83rd) and grand slams (13, 15th).
Kent is one of just four second basemen to hit 30 homers in a season on three different occasions and he's the only second baseman in big league history to drive in 100 runs in eight different seasons. He has hit 20 or more home runs in each of the past nine seasons, a Major League record for a second baseman.
Among active Major Leaguers, Kent ranks seventh in doubles (474), 11th in RBI (1,312), 14th in total bases (3,621), 16th in home runs (331), 21st in runs scored (1,139) and 21st in hits (2,070),
In 2005, Kent set the Los Angeles Dodger record for RBI in a season by a second baseman (105) and his 28 homers tied Davey Lopes for the single-season L.A. Dodger mark at that position. He became just the seventh player in Los Angeles Dodger history to score 100 runs and drive in 100 runs in the same season, joining Adrian Beltre, Shawn Green, Gary Sheffield, Mike Piazza, Jimmy Wynn and Tommy Davis.
Kent has reached the postseason five times in his career, including the 2002 season when he appeared in the World Series for the Giants. In 40 career playoff games, Kent has batted .264 (39-for-148) with eight home runs and 21 RBI.
A native of Bellflower, CA, Kent attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, where he graduated in 1986. He signed a two-year contract with the Dodgers as a free agent on Dec. 9, 2004.
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