In somewhat shocking news, today the Cincinnati Reds announced that former Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been released.
The #Reds have released OF Matt Kemp.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 4, 2019
Kemp, of course, was traded to Cincy along with Yasiel Puig in the Kyle Farmer trade back in December.
Kemp’s Reds career got off to a rocky start as he posted a .200/.210/.283 triple slash line, adding one home run, while striking out 19 times in 20 games. Unfortunately, he has been on the IL since April 23rd with a “chest wall contusion” — or a broken rib.
This is so sad, man. Watching him around the Dodgers clubhouse last season, he was genuinely happy. When I saw him in Spring Training with the Reds, he seemed genuinely sad and distraught. Bring him back for cheap to hit lefties @Dodgers https://t.co/hplFoug99w
— Daniel Preciado (@DanJPreciado) May 4, 2019
Matty is in the final year of the 8-year, $160M deal he signed with the Dodgers after the 2011 season. Any team that signs him for the remainder of this season would only be on the hook for a prorated portion of the major league minimum.
With that lower rate, and the extended loss of AJ Pollock, people are calling for another reunion between Los Angeles and the 34 year-old outfielder. While a third reunion is highly unlikely, you cannot hide from the fact that Kemp plays his best baseball in a Dodgers uniform.
Best of luck to Matt Kemp!
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