Tony Kemp would be perfect for the Chicago White Sox second base job.
Since the top second baseman from this year’s free-agent class is already off the board, the White Sox will probably have to dip into the trade market.
The Athletics seem like one of the more realistic trade partners with a second baseman to offer. While nobody would be doing backflips over trading for Tony Kemp, he would add another interesting layer to the White Sox lineup. He would provide the White Sox with a much-needed left-handed bat and some speed.
Tony Kemp played a solid middle infield for the Athletics last season. He batted .279 with a .800 OPS. He is not known for his power but still hit eight home runs and stole eight bases.
Kemp is 30 years old but is coming off his best season in the major leagues in 2021. His .279 batting average, .800 OPS, 52 walks, 37 RBIs, 16 doubles, 54 runs scored, and .418 slugging percentage were all career highs.
In the previous years, he mostly served as a reserve role, similar to Leuery Garcia until the A’s gave him a chance to be an everyday starter. The best part about trading for Kemp is that he will be cheap. The White Sox will not have to deal one of their valuable young pieces or a high prospect. He is also under team control through 2023 and costs only $2.25 million per year.