This one is a little bit old, but we’re catching up here today and this rumor was a big one. In one tweet Rosenthal brought down rumors that the Yankees might turn to Soriano, a closer, for pitching help and that Keppinger was not a realistic option at this point.
The Keppinger thing is probably a bigger deal at this point because it seemed more likely. The Yankees have been looking for bench help for a while and one guy they were looking at was Bill Hall, but Hall signed with the Astros. The thing is though that Keppinger also plays for the Astros and almost fills the exact same role. So when the Astros signed Hall it appeared that Keppinger became available, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
This doesn’t mean a deal is impossible, but it does mean that it isn’t very likely. Perhaps the reason why is because the Astros are asking for too much right now or perhaps it is more on the Yankees end in that they like Nunez more than we know. Or it could be something else entirely. Either way, this could potentially be something that the two teams revisit after some free agents come off the board. Right now though it looks dead.
What do you think? Should the Yankees make a bigger push to get Keppinger? Are there cheaper options available like say Jerry Hairston Jr.? Or should the Yankees just go with Nunez in this role?