Cross Jeff Keppinger‘s name off the list of possible Alex Rodriguez replacements as he has signed a three-year deal worth $12 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Yankees were interested in Keppinger for a number of years now and this offseason looked like their best chance to sign him. However, their unwillingness to sign players to multi-year offers has hurt them yet again.
Keppinger was seen as a good fit for the Yankees because of his defensive versatility and his ability to mash lefty hitters. He could have been paired up with Eric Chavez at third base and given the Yankees a strong platoon situation with the flexibility to move Kepp around once A-Rod returned.