The New York Yankees are in need of some utility help and now are turning to infielder Jeff Keppinger to fill that need. The Yankees have renewed their longstanding interest in Keppinger and will be targeting the former Tampa Bay Rays infielder this offseason. The possible move could be part of the framework to use Alex Rodriguez as the primary DH in 2013, but general Brian Cashman refuted the idea saying:
“There is no discussion whatsoever about Alex transitioning from third base to DH, part-time DH, first base or any other position on the field,” said Cashman. “As we approach anyone in the free-agent market or anyone in trades, we’re making sure we have insurance policies, (asking) our what-ifs?”
The Yankees came close to acquiring Keppinger two years ago from the Houston Astros but that fell through. Keppinger hit .325/.367/.439 in 115 games for the Rays last season. Keppinger has not found a comfortable spot on a team and never really lasted longer than two and a half years with one team. The Yankees are hoping that the 32-year-old comes around and signs with them.
The team has also been linked to former Oakland Athletics shorstop Stephen Drew as a potential replacement for Derek Jeter if he is going to be out for longer than expected after injuring his ankle in the playoffs against the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees also could look at Jhonny Peralta but no talks have been reported between the two.
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