Oakland A’s utilityman Tony Kemp is a fit for the Colorado Rockies
Back in October when we chose one trade target for the Colorado Rockies from each of the other 29 teams, we chose Kemp for the Oakland A’s. Kemp is a fit for the Colorado Rockies in a few ways.
In 2021, Kemp, 30, played in 131 games for the A’s and he hit .279/.382/.418 with an OPS+ of 126. That slash line is exactly what the Rockies would love to have that kind of player on their bench or at the top of their lineup: a guy who gets on base at a high clip. He did as much in 2020 as well as, in 49 games for Oakland, he hit .247/.363/.301. That .301 slugging percentage shows that he wasn’t hitting for extra bases but he was getting singles and walks.
He struggled between Houston and the Cubs in 2019 (.291 OBP) but in 2018 for Houston he hit .263/.351/.392 with an OPS+ of 102. In 2019, that on-base percentage was down significantly because his walks were down significantly. In 2018, 2020, and 2021, Kemp walked nearly as many times (99) as he struck out (109) whereas, in 2019, his strikeout rate was more than double that of his walk rate.
For the Rockies, they also would like him for his versatility and inexpensiveness. Kemp has played second and left field the most but he also has significant time in center field and a few games in right and at shortstop.
Kemp is arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason and slated to make around $2.2 million in it.