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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Yanks interested in Keppinger as A-Rod insurance
Posted Dec 3, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 3, 2012 at 01:26 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Word out of New York is Alex Rodriguez needs surgery on his left hip and may not return to the field until June. He is expected to undergo surgery in January with a 3 to 6 month rehab to follow.
How does this impact the Rays? Well, the Yankees are reportedly looking for help at third base and Jeff Keppinger is believed to be very much on their radar.
Keppinger, who is recovering from a fractured right fibula recently suffered in a fall at his home, played 50 games at third base last season when Evan Longoria was on the disabled list.
The Rays are also interested in resigning Keppinger, who hit .325 in 2012 with a career-high nine home runs. Keppinger hit .376 against lefties and .302 against righties.
Keppinger’s breakout 2012 season in Tampa Bay coupled with interest from the deep pocket Yankees could make Keppinger too pricy for the Rays to afford this offseason.