Just four months after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds have released Matt Kemp.
“With our support, [Reds Manager] David [Bell] is working hard to create a new environment in the clubhouse and on the field,” Dick Williams said. “After giving it time to develop, we didn’t see Matt fitting in. We wanted to give him the opportunity to help another team.”
Kemp hit .200 with one home run and five RBIs before the Reds placed him on the injured list April 23 with a broken left rib.
He is in the final season of a $160 million, eight-year contract.