Rockies To Signal Matt Kemp
The Rockies have struck a take care of veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, based on Bob Nightengale of USA In the present day (through Twitter). It’s a minor-league pact.
Kemp had spent the spring with the Marlins, however was neglected of the Miami group’s 60-man participant pool. The Fish evidently lower him unfastened to pursue different alternatives, opening the door to Kemp becoming a member of his third NL West outfit.
This transfer merely wouldn’t have occurred in late March, however intervening developments made it doable. We realized final evening that right-handed-hitting Rockies veteran Ian Desmond would decide out of the 2020 season, leaving a possible roster spot. And the Rockies are newly in want of designated hitter choices, given the growth of the hitter-only spot to the Nationwide League for 2020.
The 35-year-old Kemp is coming off of a tough 2019 season during which he struggled with accidents and hit poorly in a 20-game run with the Reds. He wasn’t precisely tearing the duvet off the ball in Grapefruit League motion, with a .143/.200/.143 slash and 11 strikeouts in thirty plate appearances.
That stated, it wasn’t way back that the previous famous person was mashing MLB pitching. In 506 journeys to the plate with the Dodgers in 2018, he launched 25 house runs and carried a .290/.338/.481 batting line.
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see whether or not and the way Kemp is utilized by the Rox. The membership presumably gained’t discover it exhausting to hold him on the expanded early-season roster, having discovered house even final 12 months for Mark Reynolds. The query is whether or not Kemp can be given a shot to tackle an even bigger position than that beforehand occupied by Reynolds. At current, the Colorado roster skews closely in direction of lefty bats within the outfield combine, however Kemp’s defensive skills have waned notably through the years.