The Rockies have signed 34-year-old veteran Matt Kemp to a minor league contract. The specifics of the contract have not been made public yet.
USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported the story via Twitter on Tuesday morning.
The Colorado #Rockies have signed slugger Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract to replace Ian Desmond on the roster.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 30, 2020
Outfielder Ian Desmond opted out of the shortened MLB season, and the Rockies chose a veteran to replace him, rather than a farm system prospect. Considering the players will need to find their legs and get hot in a hurry, signing a seasoned professional makes sense in that regard.
Kemp is best known for his nine-year stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He earned two All-Star appearances with them before bouncing around the league. He did end up back in L.A. for the 2018 season, earning another All-Star bid. But, he did not last and was subsequently a Cincinnati Red and a Miami Marlin, the latter of whom released him.
Assuming the deal is cheap and Kemp can still field his position well, this is a no-brainer move for the Rockies. Replace a veteran with a veteran in these unprecedented times.
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