Marlins sign Kemp To Minor League Deal
The Miami Marlins have added a low risk option to their outfield mix. According to Bob Nightengale from USA Today, Miami has signed outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Kemp only played 20 games in 2019 with the Reds. He hit .200 in 62 times to the plate with 19 strikeouts and one walk. He had a -0.9 WAR. Cincinnati decided to release Kemp when they brought up prospect Nick Senzel. The Reds had acquired Kemp along with Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers in a seven player trade. In 2018, Kemp was an all-star. He hit .290 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Although he is a 3-time all star, 2-time gold glove, and 2-time silver slugger, Kemp is entering his age 35 season and many question how much he really has left.
There is no indication the Marlins will stop trying to acquire a more productive and higher reward outfielder on the market. Kemp, if he performs well, could be an extra option in the outfield if Lewis Brinson can't produce in 2020. Brinson has one option remaining and can be sent to the minors.
As I have mentioned previously in other stories, I expected Miami to sign a known name to a low risk-high reward minor league deal to add more presence in the clubhouse. However, I still feel they will search for another bat. For example, let’s say the Marlins sign Yasiel Puig and Lewis Brinson does not work out and is sent back to the minors: Miami can put up an outfield of Kemp, Puig, and Anderson. However, this is all very optimistic and just a scenario that we don’t know will be possible. Kemp provides a potential veteran depth in the outfield and should hold a similar role as Curtis Granderson did this past year.
It is interesting to point out as well that Marlins Manager Don’t Mattingly, was Kemp’s manager in LA for a few seasons.