Mets Sign Matt Kemp To Minor League Contract

May 24, 2019 - 4:35 pm

The Mets are continuing to look for depth in their outfield as they suffer from injuries and some inconsistent play on the diamond.

On Friday, the Mets announced on Twitter that they have signed free agent outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor league deal.

We have signed OF Matt Kemp to a minor league contract. He will report to Port St. Lucie, FL. #Mets

— New York Mets (@Mets) May 24, 2019

Kemp is 34 now and at the tail-end of his career. He’s a three-time All-Star with two Silver Slugger awards, but he is a different player now than he was during his prime years with the Dodgers.

The Oklahoma native has been without a team since he was released by the Reds on May 4. He spent 2018 doing a second stint in Los Angeles, after stops in Atlanta and San Diego the previous two years.

Kemp hit .200 with five RBIs and one homerun in the 20 games he played for Cincinnati this season.

But Kemp is signing on a minor-league deal, so there isn’t much risk to this move. If it works out, Brodie Van Wagenen will have acquired some depth in the outfield, which is especially necessary with the news that Yoenis Cespedes is out for the season.

Brandon Nimmo, who is currently on the injured list, has struggled even when healthy. Meanwhile, Rajai Davis provided some instant pop when he homered on Wednesday night just hours after he had joined up with the Mets. 

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