Matt Kemp's tenure with the New York Mets has ended before he ever made it to the big leauges.
The 34-year-old veteran was signed by the Mets to a minor-league deal on May 24th. The signing came at a time when the Mets were desperate for outfield depth, as Michael Conforto was missing games due to a concussion and Jeff McNeil was on the IL with a hamstring injury.
He signed with the Mets after being released by the Cincinnati Reds, but a lingering broken rib has seemingly slowed him down. He played in just eight games for Syracuse, hitting .235 with one home run and three RBIs.
The hope was that a healthy Kemp could bring a right-handed power bat to the Mets' outfield, as Kemp has slugged 281 career home runs and driven in 1,010 runs.
"It would be great to play in New York." Kemp said upon his arrival at Syracuse. "They have a lot of great talent, a lot of young guys up there and a lot of older guys up there and there's a lot of baseball left. To contribute to a team like that and try to get back up there would be great."
Whether it was due to his health or just overall declining play, Kemp never made it back to the majors.