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Former All-Star Matt Kemp released by Mets after stint in minors

In this April 21, 2019 photo, Cincinnati Reds’ Matt Kemp, right, talks with umpire Lance Barrett after being called out on strikes during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)
In this April 21, 2019 photo, Cincinnati Reds’ Matt Kemp, right, talks with umpire Lance Barrett after being called out on strikes during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)
By Christopher Stock Associated Press

MIAMI – Former three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been released by the New York Mets.

Kemp signed a minor league contract with the Mets on May 24 and played in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .235 with one home run and three RBIs.

“We’re going to exhaust every effort we can to find the best players we can and we’ve got a couple of veteran guys we have tried out, some work, some don’t,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

The 34-year-old Kemp made the NL All-Star team last season in his second stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a .290 batting average, 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.

He was traded to Cincinnati in the offseason as part of a deal with Yasiel Puig and appeared in 20 games for the Reds this season, hitting .200 with one home run and five RBIs before sustaining a broken rib after colliding into the outfield wall during a game in San Diego on April 21.

“I like Matt,” said Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who was Kemp’s manager for four seasons in Los Angeles. “He was a great player and I still think there’s something in there, to be honest with you. I know he’s had some injuries and that always slows you down.”

“He got hurt early in Cincy. He had a great first half last year. I think there’s still something in the tank. He’s not old and it’s just a matter of getting playing and getting healthy,” he said.

Kemp is a career .285 hitter with 281 home runs and 1,010 RBIs in 14 seasons. He was the NL MVP runner-up in 2011 and a two-time Gold Glove winner.

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