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.
News of the day: Tony to the Town.— Oakland A's (@Athletics) January 13, 2020
We've acquired infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp from the Chicago Cubs for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas. pic.twitter.com/vX4C5DtMaW
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.