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Rockies officially sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

Kemp will help to replace Ian Desmond, who announced he will not play in 2020.

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have signed veteran outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor league contract.

Kemp, 35, last played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2019.

Kemp will be added to Colorado's 60-man player pool and will wear No. 25.

He's also been a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006–2014, 2017), San Diego Padres (2015–2016) and Atlanta Braves (2016–2017) since 2006.

Kemp has been named to three All-Star teams and has two Gold Glove Awards (2009 and 2011) and two Silver Slugger Awards (2009 and 2011).

Kemp will replace Ian Desmond on the Rockies' roster.

Desmond announced on Monday, June 29 in a lengthy Instagram post he won't be participating in MLB's abbreviated 2020 season.

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"The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking," said Desmond. "But that doesn't mean I'm leaving baseball behind for the year. I'll be right here, at my old little league, and I'm working with everyone involved to make sure we get Sarasota youth baseball back on track. It's what I can do, in the scheme of so much. So, I am."

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