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Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have suddenly started trying to rack up depth at a time that they sorely need it.

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The Mets have signed outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal, pending a physical. It’s the latest in a flurry of moves that has seen the Mets pick up veteran players released by other teams, as the Mets signed Ervin Santana earlier today and claiming Aaron Altherr off waivers just a couple days ago.

Kemp started the season with the Reds after he was traded there over the winter by the Dodgers. He hit just .200/.210/.283 in 62 plate appearances with Cincinnati before he was designated for assignment. But the 34-year-old is not far removed from being a productive major league hitter. He hit .290/.338/.481 with 21 home runs and a 122 wRC+ for the Dodgers last year, and while that’s his best recent single season, he’s been north of a 100 wRC+ in three of the past four seasons.

If the Mets get completely healthy all at the same time, they could end up shedding some of the players they’ve brought in recently, but having gotten rid of Keon Broxton not too long ago, it’s good to see them bringing in outfield depth, especially with Brandon Nimmo on the IL and Yoenis Cespedes officially done for the season.