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Tony Kemp has been traded to the Athletics

A minor league outfielder/first baseman is coming to the Cubs in return.

Tony Kemp rounds the bases after his only home run as a Cub, September 21, 2019
Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

In case you were wondering what position(s) Tony Kemp was going to play for the Cubs in 2020, wonder no more:

As you likely recall, Kemp was acquired from the Astros for Martin Maldonado at the trading deadline, July 31. Maldonado played in only four games for the Cubs after being acquired July 15 for Mike Montgomery. So, you can in some ways consider whoever the Cubs acquire in this deal as the return going forward for Montgomery.

UPDATE: Here’s the return for Kemp:

Alfonso Rivas is a first baseman/outfielder who hit .283/.383/.408 for Stockton (Advanced-A) in the California League in the A’s chain in 2019 (and went 13-for-32 in eight games in Triple-A as well). He’s 23 and was the A’s fourth-round pick out of the University of Arizona in 2018.

Kemp didn’t do much for the Cubs, hitting .183/.258/.305 in 44 games and 93 plate appearances. He did have one shining moment as a Cub, last September 21. He appeared to have struck out, but the umpires called a balk on Cardinals pitcher Giovanny Gallegos. On the next pitch, Kemp homered to give the Cubs the lead [VIDEO].

Unfortunately, Craig Kimbrel gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth in that game and the Cubs lost.

All the best to Kemp with his new team.


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