Update: Yankees may or may not have been high bidder for Keppinger

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4:35pm: Conflicting reports! Buster Olney says the Yankees never did make Keppinger an offer. I suppose they could have floated the idea of … whatever. They didn’t sign him, end of story.

4:03pm: Heyman says the Yankees actually offered Keppinger more than the three years and $12M he took from the ChiSox. I assume he took the full-time job over the utility infielder gig.

1:30pm: Via Jon Heyman & Ken Rosenthal: The White Sox will sign Jeff Keppinger to a three-year contract worth $12M. The Yankees had a lot of interest in Keppinger following Alex Rodriguez‘s new hip injury, but there was no chance they were going to three years. Scratch a name off the infield list.

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  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    Nothing like getting priced out of the utility infielder market

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Jeff Keppinger sucks! Oh wait….someone else got him? Why didn’t we sign Jeff Keppinger!

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        Who said Keppinger sucks? I thought he was actually in the upper echelon of utility players.

        • Havok9120

          He IS, but I think Tilapia’s point is that every major thread the last 2 days has had at least one post bemoaned that we’re after a Keppinger-type player instead of a true starter, and how he isn’t good enough for the Yankees, and that its the cheap way out and unworthy of the team, etc.

          I would’ve loved to have the guy. But if the past few weeks are any indication, we’re going to see a ton of people who hated the thought of Chavez/Kepp/Nix/Nunez/Whoever platooning the left side of the infield complaining about the Yankees “missing out” on Chavez and Keppinger.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Si, senor.

  • voIII

    Why can’t they sign these guys then trade them after a year to get em off the books? I have to believe they would have some value. Maybe even sign Kep and trade him just before trade deadline if Arod came back…Cash has to be creative here.

    • Preston

      Look at the backlash the Marlins got for their trade. From the structure of those contracts it seems like they were leaving themselves the option of selling out after one year. Yes players are commodities, but they’re also people. Even with 189, a big part of the Yankees future is going to be free agents. We don’t want guys we sign to assume that they are only getting picked up as trade bait a year later.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    It is a sad state of affairs when I was actually getting excited about “Jeff Keppinger.”

    Winter Meetings is going to be uneventful….as is December….

    • Sam G

      Exactly how I feel all the good players are signed…. Well at least the ones yanks had interest in… I feel as if the yanks will still make a bog trade possibly for J. Upton or cargo or the big trade could just be they trade granderson for a pitcher or two that are major league ready. I’d still like to see them sign Brandon mcCarthy for cheap or anibal Sanchez/Kyle lohse/Edwin Jackson who would cost more. Maybe even trade for Carlos Santana that could include Justin masterson for a solid granderson and 2-3 prospects or trade:
      Phelps or Nova
      Williams or Angelo gumbs or Dante b.
      Corban Joseph
      We could make this trade and still be solid in the minors but I put Williams cause I guarantee they’ll want at least one top prospect.

  • Pudge

    Somebody check on Cashman to see if he is alive in Nashville

  • dalelama

    The stench of the Yankee’s rotting organization is becoming more malodorous by the minute.

    • Tcmiller30

      Dalelama? More like daleDRAMA!!! Heyooooooo!!

      • dalelama

        Another Cash man fanboy. You should do stan up. Cashman may need a job soon maybe he joins you

        • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

          lmao needed a laugh like this based on the moves today.

      • BigDavey88


    • DC

      You get dumber with every post.

      • jjyank

        Which is no small feat.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Can you smell it from your seats at Citi Field?

    • Preston

      You should run away from it then. Please go, save yourself and don’t ever look back.

  • Mick taylor

    Where is all the other money going in 2014 if only arod jeter cc and Tex are under contract? That still leaves 100 million. If they could get Josh Hamilton to sign for 20 million on a 4 year deal and trade cano and let grandy walk, why is not that doable? They still have 80 million to spend on a good starteR to go with cc nova phelps and maybe petite or pineda.The 2014 lineup: Gardner jeter Nunez Tex Hamilton arod Suzuki Heathcott or Williams romine/ Sanchez

    • Bleedpinstripes

      You forgot about CC and his 25 mil

      • Jacob

        And the fact he has been worth every penny.

  • Mike HC

    Maybe he sees the chance for more playing time?

  • Gonzo

    I wonder what the actual number was.

  • Yank the Frank

    The swine.

  • mrdbag

    “no chance they were going to go three years”



  • Max Power

    Jeff Keppinger will rue the day he spurned the Yankees offer.

    Or whatever…

  • thenamestsam

    Makes me feel oddly good to know that we’re still comfortable competing in the deep end of the utility infielder market.

    On the other hand this would seem to make it considerably less likely that Cashman has been developing some sneaky solution none of us see coming. On the contrary it seems like the guy everyone presumed was Plan A actually was Plan A, and we just missed our man. I’m sure Cashman was developing backup plans, but I bet he’s scrambling at least a bit right now.

    • Gonzo

      Good insight. You think Chavez might have been a plan B/C/D?
      That is if Chavez actually signed before Keppinger or it was just released that way.

      • thenamestsam

        Yeah. I’d expect Cashman would be feeling more comfortable if Chavez was still sitting out there as an option right now.

  • BigBlueAL

    Buster Olney just tweeted the Yankees never made Keppinger an offer.

  • Karloff

    I’ve got no problem with them going into the season with some minor moves and using players from the minor leagues to fill in. Doesn’t anyone remember the 80’s and early 90’s Yankees. I really don’t care about the 189m budget for 2014.

    • Peter Lacock

      I’m with you.

  • Hassey

    Cashman talking to agent and doctors for Corbin Bernsen

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Hey, his character on Psych may be dead, he’s got loads of free time.

  • Klemy

    Surprising that the one guy we were seemingly tied to most chose less money to go to the White Sox. Has to be the playing time concern.

  • MatUk

    It seems the agents and players are letting the yankees know what they really think of the 189 budget.

  • Jacob

    They let him go because I am playing 3B this year and going behind the plate when Alex gets back

  • Robinson Tilapia

    IF they made him an offer AND he took less for a starting job with another team, good for him. I like hearing things like that and guys actually valuing something that makes them happy over money.

    IF they never made him an offer, then nevermind.

  • The Real Greg

    I expected the Yankees to at least make one move during these meetings, Didn’t have to be a major one but at least SOMETHING.

    Teams are locking up their type A free agents early and building from within. The Yankees for the past 5 years have been unable to consistently bring up young talent to slide into positions due to injuries and non existence of prospects. Even when Jesus Montero was here, he was the only major hitting prospect in the system. Were there any others beside him?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Last three prospects on the position end I can remember getting far up enough for Montero, Tabata, and Jackson. We know the story with those three, whether we like it or not.

      Again, I don’t exactly get why we beat this point into the ground. We know where the prospects in this system are. I assume we’ve all been fans of the team long enough to know the recent history of the farm system and why the best position prospects are there they are. Every day, though, how many “NO UPPER LEVEL PROSPECTS WTF” posts do we hear?

      Not directed at you, Greg, in the least. You’ve barely even been around lately.

      • jjyank

        I actually miss the game threads were Greg and The Troll would bicker all game long. That’s how much I miss baseball in the offseason.

      • http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/home/home.shtml The Big City of Dreams

        NO UPPER LEVEL PROSPECTS WTF” posts do we hear?


        I think the fact there are no spects of note besides those three is why fans constantly say where are the position players besides those guys. Of course the Yankees shouldn’t have blue chips at every position but just a solid good spect would go a long way.

      • The Real Greg

        I know. The problem is that prospects and building up the farm system and having homegrown stars is becoming more relevant every day in terms of having a successful baseball franchise. It needs to beaten into the ground until the Yankees get better at it.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Watch the comments, though. You hear as many “trade the guys in single-A. They’re not sure things” comments as you do people wondering where the prospects are. We want it both ways around here.

          If they had kept Tabata and Jackson, what would people be saying right now? What percentage of folks would express comfort with that?

          The top position prospects are now approaching AA, and the franchise is doing a better job at filling those lower levels behind them. Whatever void there may have been is being filled. There are plenty of posts on here going through each draft class for the past seven or eight years. We know who suceeded, who failed, who is still here, and who isn’t.

  • Mike

    C’mon people Keppinger didn’t have a job going into last season. The Rays picked him up for nothing the Reds who had him and could have used him dumped his ass. The white sox are dumb for giving him 3 years. Good move Cashman. Go get Pedro Alvarez from Pittsbugh

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    McGehee have a job yet?

  • Ted Nelson


  • Jim_Yankee_Fan

    Maybe the Yankees should draft a quality infielder and develop him into quality major leaguer.

    Ha! ha! Just kidding.