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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
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick