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On a day that already saw the New York Mets sign one former All-Star, they’ve now added another All-Star to an area of great need.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Mets have signed outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal.

The 34-year-old joins New York less than a month after being released by the Cincinnati Reds. Kemp, who Cincinnati acquired this offseason, landed on the injured list in April after suffering a broken rib.

Kemp’s short stint with the Reds didn’t go well as he posted a .200/.210/..283 slash line with one home run and 19 strikeouts in 60 at-bats. However, New York is likely hoping he can be closer to the form we saw in 2018 with the Los Angeles Dodgers when he posted a .819 OPS with 21 home runs in 462 at-bats.

He should be nearing a return and could potentially join the Syracuse Mets, New York’s Triple-A affiliate, in the near future. Given the absence of Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo, New York could use all the reinforcements it can get in the outfield.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection