June 17, 2021

Rockies Sign Matt Kemp (MLB Trade Rumors)

July 4: The club has announced the move, which is now official. Kemp has been added to the Rockies’ 60-man player pool.

June 30: The Rockies have struck a deal with veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). It’s a minor-league pact.

Kemp had spent the spring with the Marlins, but was left out of the Miami organization’s 60-man player pool. The Fish evidently cut him loose to pursue other opportunities, opening the door to Kemp joining his third NL West outfit.

This move simply wouldn’t have happened in late March, but intervening developments made it possible. We learned last night that right-handed-hitting Rockies veteran Ian Desmond would opt out of the 2020 season, leaving a potential roster spot. And the Rockies are newly in need of designated hitter options, given the expansion of the hitter-only spot to the National League for 2020.

The 35-year-old Kemp is coming off of a rough 2019 season in which he struggled with injuries and…

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