October 1, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Jeff Keppinger (7) at bat against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox Sign Jeff Keppinger


Free Agent Third Baseman Jeff Keppinger was a player in demand at the Winter Meetings this week. Teams such as the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Clevaland Indians, and Philadelphia Phillies have expressed some degree of interest in the veteran third baseman. It was not until Tuesday that the Chicago White Sox entered the mix as a potential suitor for the free agent third baseman.

White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn acted quickly on the team’s interest in Keppinger as the two sides have reportedly come to an agreement on a three year deal. The White Sox were in the market for a third baseman as it did not appear that Kevin Youkilis would have been in the team’s price range. The speculated price range on Keppinger was $13 million over the course of three years. Considering the White Sox signed Keppinger to a three year deal, $13 million may be the likely value of the contract.

Keppinger broke his leg in an off-season accident, though the third baseman is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training. Keppinger, in all likelihood, will serve as the starting third baseman for the White Sox in 2013. Keppinger, who is capable of playing both middle infield positions as well as third base, hit .325/.367/.439/.806 in 418 plate appearances with the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

Once the White Sox make an official announcement, this post will be updated.

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