A's trade for veteran Tony Kemp, send minor league infielder to Cubs

Dalton Johnson

The A's have found the left-handed bat they coveted this offseason. And he can play multiple positions. 

Tony Kemp has been traded from the Chicago Cubs to Oakland for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas, the A's announced on Monday. 

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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. 

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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

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