Report: Matt Kemp signs with Marlins

By Matt Johnson
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The Miami Marlins are reuniting manager Don Mattingly with one of his former players, reportedly signing outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Kemp’s contract will include an invitation to spring training and he’ll receive an opportunity to make Miami’s opening day roster for the 2020 season.

The 35-year-old appeared on only 20 games with the Cincinnati Reds last season. After suffering a broken rib and posting a .493 OPS in 60 at-bats, Cincinnati released Kemp on May 4.

The three-time All-Star outfielder signed with the New York Mets a few weeks later. Unfortunately, he struggled during his time in the minors and was released in July.

Now entering his age-35 season, Kemp will attempt to get hot early next year with the Marlins to earn a role in the team’s outfield. He sits just 19 home runs shy of 300 in his career and he has a .822 OPS in 1,707 games.