Rockies Sign Former All-Star Matt Kemp to Replace Ian Desmond on Roster

Matt Kemp
The Colorado Rockies have signed Matt Kemp. | Harry How/Getty Images

Utility man Ian Desmond announced via Instagram on Monday that he wouldn't be participating in the MLB restart, leaving the Colorado Rockies with a hole on their roster with a little less than a month left until the 2020 season gets underway.

Well, it didn't take long for Colorado to find a replacement for the two-time All-Star. According to insider Bob Nightengale, the club has signed veteran outfielder Matt Kemp to a minor-league contract.

The Rockies could've done a lot worse than Kemp, so their front office deserves credit for pulling this off as quickly as they did in the wake of Desmond's announcement. The 35-year-old was an All-Star as recently as 2018 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That year, he hit .290/.338/.481 with 21 home runs, 85 RBI and an .818 OPS.

Kemp spent Spring Training with the Miami Marlins, but was ultimately left off their 60-man player pool for the 2020 season, which left the door open for Colorado to pull the trigger.

If the three-time All-Star can avoid injury, he could prove to be a valuable asset as a designated hitter for the Rockies. After all, he's just one season removed from posting some of the best numbers of his 14-year career.