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New York Yankees Showing “Very Strong” Interest in Jeff Keppinger

December 5th, 2012 at 6:29 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

With Alex Rodriguez out four to six months, the New York Yankees' interest in Jeff Keppinger has become very strong, tweets Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

'Jeff Keppinger, Elliot Johnson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Keppinger, 32, hit .325 with nine home runs and 40 RBI last season while playing three infield positions for the Tampa Bay Rays. Though his primary position was third base, he also spent time playing first and second base. In his eight year career, he has also played shortstop and five games in the outfield. 

Though Keppinger is the versatile type of utility infielder the Yankees are looking for, he is believed to be looking for a three-year deal worth roughly $12 million. The Yankees, however, are focusing on signing players to one-year deals this offseason in order to lower the team's payroll to $189 million by 2014. 

While Keppinger had a strong season with the Rays last year, he is currently recovering from a broken fibula, though the injury has not prevented him from drawing interest as a free agent. 

In addition to Keppinger, the Yankees have contacted Kevin Youkilis and Eric Chavez about replacing A-Rod. Free agents Marco Scutaro, Stephen Drew, and Yunel Escobar have also been linked to New York this offseason. 

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