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Kemp wants to stay in LA, but no deal yet

Matt Kemp says he wants to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers but no deal has been reached amid reports that he's close to signing an eight-year, $160-million contract.

Kemp said yesterday he has not reached an agreement with the Dodgers but would like to spend the rest of his career with the team. Both ESPN and the Los Angeles Times reported the 27-year-old centerfielder was on the verge of signing a long-term deal that would be the largest in Dodgers history.

Kemp made a run at the elusive Triple Crown this season, leading the National League in home runs with 39 and RBIs with 126. He finished third in batting average at .324.

Kemp is eligible for free agency after the 2012 season.

Mark Ellis and the Dodgers have agreed in principle to a two-year, $8.75-million deal that would make him the team's everyday second baseman, a source familiar with the situation said.

Papelbon, Phils finish deal

Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies have completed a four-year, $50-million contract.

The former Red Sox closer receives the largest contract ever for a reliever. He replaces Ryan Madson, who is also a free agent.

Papelbon turns 31 on Nov. 23. He had 219 saves over seven seasons with the Red Sox, including 31 this year, when he made $12 million.

Hill re-signs with D-backs

Two people familiar with the deal say second baseman Aaron Hill has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Diamondbacks.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal, for $11 million over two seasons, has not been announced. Arizona acquired Hill and utility infielder John McDonald from Toronto for second baseman Kelly Johnson late last season. -- AP

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