The A's have found the left-handed bat they coveted this offseason. And he can play multiple positions.
News of the day: Tony to the Town.
We've acquired infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp from the Chicago Cubs for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas. pic.twitter.com/vX4C5DtMaW
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) January 13, 2020
Kemp, 28, started the 2019 season with the Houston Astros before being traded to Cubs for catcher Martin Maldonado. Between the two teams, he hit a career-low .212 with a lowly .671 OPS.
The real value to Kemp's game is his speed and defensive versatility. He can play all three outfield positions, as well as second base.
Kemp, standing 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, likely will be used off manager Bob Melvin's bench and can be an asset as a pinch-runner.
Rivas, a 23-year-old first baseman, slashed .292/.387/.423 with 9 home runs across two minor league levels last season.
A's trade for veteran Tony Kemp, send minor league infielder to Cubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area