Report: Keppinger agrees to one-year deal with Rays

Report: Keppinger agrees to one-year deal with Rays
January 26, 2012, 1:03 am
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The Rays are closing in on a deal that would bring former Giants utility-man Jeff Keppinger to Tampa Bay, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.

Keppinger, 31, split the 2011 season between the Astros and Giants. He was brought over as a replacement to Freddy Sanchez, whose shoulder injury ended his season in a trade that sent minor-league pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel.

Keppinger finished the season with a .277 combined average, but his numbers in San Francisco were not as good as in Houston. He hit .255 with two home runs in 56 games with the Giants.

He earned 2.3 million on a one year contract.

At the Winter Meetings, the Giants announced they would make a decision between Keppinger and Mike Fontenot and only keep one. Keppinger was non-tendered because the team felt Fontenot gave them a better option at the shortstop position.

Keppinger did have injury concerns last year. He missed the first 50 games of the season recovering from foot surgery and a right wrist injury in August forced him to miss three games.