Cubs infielder reportedly traded to Oakland


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Jon Durr - USA Today Sports
Jon Durr - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas from the Oakland Athletics for infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Rivas, 23, was Oakland’s fourth round selection in the 2018 Draft out of the University of Arizona and combined to bat .292 (135-for-463) with 26 doubles, nine home runs and 60 RBI in 122 games between Single-A Stockton and Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019, his first full professional season. Rivas posted a .387 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage between the stops, good for a .810 OPS. Overall last season, Rivas played 105 games at first base and 11 games in the outfield.

The left-handed batter and thrower began the 2019 campaign with Stockton and was named to the mid-season California League All-Star team. Rivas saw action in 114 games with Stockton, batting .283 (122-for-431) with eight homers and 55 RBI, before an August 26 promotion to Las Vegas, where he hit .406 (13-for-32) with one homer and five RBI in eight games. Overall, the six-foot Rivas has batted .290 (196-for-677) with 42 doubles, 10 homers and 88 RBI in 183 career minor league games covering the last two seasons.

Rivas is a native of Chula Vista, California.

Kemp, 28, was acquired by the Cubs from Houston on July 31, 2019 and batted .183 (15-for-82) with three doubles, one home run and 12 RBI in 44 games with the Cubs last season.

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