Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Keppinger signs with White Sox
Posted Dec 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 05:12 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jeff Keppinger’s run as a Ray ended Wednesday with news the infielder signed a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox that is worth a total of $12 million, according to Fox baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal.
The White Sox are considering using the 32-year-old Keppinger as an everyday third baseman, a move that will certainly raise some eyebrows among the Rays.
Credit for Keppinger’s career-year in Tampa Bay last season – a .325 average, .809 on-base plus slugging percentage and a career-high nine home runs – could go to the way he was used.
Keppinger played in 115 games and got 385 at-bats. He did miss 29 games with a broken toe, but his playing time was closely monitored by Rays manager Joe Maddon.
Maddon was careful to use Keppinger in favorable matchups and gave him plenty of rest, including pulling Keppinger from games in the later innings for not only defensive purposes but to also get him off his legs.
The Rays were interesting in resigning Keppinger but his price tag was too high.