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Jeff Keppinger finalizes 3-year, $12M deal with White Sox

Updated: December 10, 2012 12:48PM



The White Sox on Monday announced the signing of infielder Jeff Keppinger, who agreed to a three-year, $12-million contract.

Keppinger will receive $3.5 million in 2013, $4.0 million in 2014 and $4.5 million in 2015.

“Jeff adds a valuable and different type of offensive player to our lineup,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “Combined with his ability to play quality defense at multiple positions as well as his overall approach to the game, we are thrilled to add him to our mix.”

Keppinger, 32, batted a career-high .325 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 115 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012. He started 41 games at third base, where he could be the Sox starter in 2013. He also started 23 at second, 21 at first and 19 as the designated hitter. His .325 average overall would have ranked third in the AL but he fell 84 plate appearances shy of qualifying.

Among active players, he ranks second with an average of 15.64 plate appearances per strikeout.

The Sox agreed to terms with Keppinger during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., last week. The deal could not be announced until he passed a physical. Keppinger broke his leg in an accident at his home in November but is expected to be ready by spring training.



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