Update: According to Ken Rosenthal, the price for Keppinger is at two-years and $8 million.
Original post: The Yankees timetable to find a backup for Alex Rodriguez has been accelerated since the announcement of his injury and they have met with Jeff Keppinger, whom they have a strong interest in, as a result, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
It’s not secret now that the Yankees like Keppinger. They have tried to acquire him practically every year going back to at least 2010 and have not been scarred off despite the fact that he has a broken foot now (he’s expected to be ready by Opening Day).
Keppinger would fit in nicely with the Yankees. He’s 32 and is coming off a season where he hit .325/.367/.439 and he hits lefties better than righties which would make him an ideal platoon candidate if they bring back Eric Chavez. Even after A-Rod returns, he can still serve as a backup, since he’ll probably be their full-time DH anyway, and can play short, second, first, and even the corner outfield positions.
The broken foot might actually help the Yankees even as it’ll probably scare teams away from offering him a multi-year deal.
In his career he’s hit .288/.337/.396 over parts of eight seasons which is good for a 97 OPS+.