Infielder Jeff Keppinger is officially a member of the White Sox as of Monday.
The team announced the completion of a three-year, 12-million deal for Keppinger, who is expected to be the starter at third base next season.
Keppinger hit .325 with nine homers and 40 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and brings a reputation as a solid contact hitter with him. He ranks second among active players with only one strikeout per 15.64 plate appearances. The White Sox hope to diversify an offense that blasted 211 home runs last season and was, at times, too reliant on the long ball. Keppinger is a .288 career hitter and since 2007 only he, Dustin Pedroia and Albert Pujols have more extra-base hits and walks then strikeouts. Keppinger has never struck out more than 36 times in eight seasons.
Jeff adds a valuable and different type of offensive player to our lineup, general manager Rick Hahn said in a press release. 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.