MLB Rumors: As Spring Training Draws Near, New York Yankees Target Veteran Infielder Who Has Guided Spencer Jones


Remember that iconic scene in The Sandlot where Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez schooled a little leaguer under the watchful eye of legend Babe Ruth? The New York Yankees might be hoping to capture a similar mentorship vibe, but this time, it’s happening in sunny Florida, and the tutelage could benefit both parties. The intriguing wrinkle?
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FanSided says that the Bombers are eyeing veteran infielder Tony Kemp, who just happens to be training alongside their prized outfield prospect, Spencer Jones, at Vanderbilt Commodores this offseason. Let’s unpack this Spring Training bromance and see if it blossoms into a deal for the Bronx Bombers.
Pinstripes and Paradise: New York Yankees eye Kemp, Jones’ offseason teammate
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Tony Kemp, 32, is a free agent for the first time in his career after spending the last four years with the Oakland Athletics. While his bat hasn’t always sizzled (.238 career average), he’s known for his durability—one of five players with over 2,000 plate appearances for the last seven years without ever landing on the injured list. Talk about an iron man! He can play multiple positions (second base, outfield) and brings a wealth of experience, having shared a clubhouse with young stars like Matt Olson and Matt Chapman.
Spencer Jones, 22, is no stranger to the spotlight. The New York Yankees’ top-ranked prospect and MLB’s 73rd overall, he dazzled in 2023, blasting 16 homers and swiping 43 bases in the minors. MLB analyst Dan O’Dowd once called him a “unicorn”—a rare offensive blend of size, power, and speed. But like any young player, having a steady veteran presence around could be invaluable.
Remember Mike Yastrzemski, Dansby Swanson, and Bryan Reynolds? These MLB stars all honed their skills at Vanderbilt, just like Jones and Kemp. Could a major league career with the Pinstripes become the next chapter for this talented duo?
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Will the Pinstripes strike a deal?
So, where does Kemp fit in with the New York Yankees? MLB insiders suggest he’d likely be a bench piece or platoon option, providing depth and veteran leadership. And let’s not forget the connection with Jones—Kemp’s knowledge could be a goldmine for the young phenom. They already have infield options in Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu, but injuries happen, and Kemp’s versatility can add another layer of security.
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This Spring Training connection adds a fascinating layer to the New York Yankees’ offseason narrative. Could Kemp be the experienced hand that helps Jones flourish while also providing the team with valuable depth? Stay tuned, baseball fans, because this story is just getting started. As Yogi Berra famously said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”… in the Bronx, anything is possible!


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