The Arizona Diamondbacks are among teams that are looking to sign free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger, despite a major injury he recently suffered, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Keppinger sustained a broken leg while tripping down stairs at his home, and surgery was required. He is still expected to be healed by January, well before spring training.
Keppinger has played parts of eight major league seasons, tallying 2,705-career plate appearances in 701 games. In that time, he has hit .288/.337/.396 with 176 extra-base hits. Keppinger may have set himself up for a nice payday this offseason by having one of his most productive seasons yet in 2012. The journeyman hit .325/.367/.439 with nine home runs in 418 plate appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays. He also posted a career-high 127 OPS+.
The bulk of his career has been played at second base, but Keppinger has logged 152 games at third. The Diamondbacks are pursuing him to hold down the hot corner.