The Athletics announced on Monday that the club acquired utilityman Tony Kemp from the Cubs in exchange for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas.
Kemp, 28, began the 2019 season with the Astros but was sent to the Cubs at the trade deadline for catcher Martín Maldonado. Between both teams, Kemp hit .212/.291/.380 over 279 plate appearances. While he isn’t much in the way of offense, he’s a good base runner and a good defender with lots of versatility.
Rivas, 23, was selected by the A’s in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. He spent most of his 2019 season with High-A Stockton before earning a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas just before the end of the minor league season. With Stockton, Rivas hit .283/.383/.408 over 509 trips to the plate.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.