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.
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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