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  1. I would like to point out just one factual error. The Giants did not HAVE TO use Keppinger nearly full-time, as they could have platooned him with Mike Fontenot at 2nd. They CHOSE to play him nearly full-time.
    Had they used him correctly, he probably would have been a mildly useful player for them.

    Comment by Baltar — January 26, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

  2. This would have dove-tailed neatly with platooning Crawford with (Ugh!) Tejada at short.

    Comment by Baltar — January 26, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  3. Oh Giants, why you so crazy?

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — January 26, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  4. One other thought: I’ve still heard rumors that they’re listening on B.J. Upton. I’m not sure that’s the best idea, but if they did that, now they could use Joyce-Jennings-Zobrist as their primary outfield. In that scenario, Maddon could pick two of Rodriguez, Keppinger, and Brignac to start in the infield depending on the opposing pitchers handedness and tendencies.

    Comment by Newcomer — January 26, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  5. Because Keppinger has the sure footedness and speed of Frankensteins monster going to his left. He made me crazy.

    Comment by channelclemente — January 26, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  6. Also please remember that Keppinger was hampered by a foot injury since the end of the 2010 season. That very likely contributed to his subpar 2011, and If he is over that woe this would be another very good pickup for the Rays.

    Comment by Carlos Baerga — January 26, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  7. Ooh, very good point.

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — January 26, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  8. God my team is run by morons.

    Comment by westcoast hero — January 26, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  9. Great. First Pujols, then Prince, and now Keppinger. The AL is bleeding the NL dry of talent.

    Comment by Chris R — January 26, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

  10. Even if that trade happened, Zobrist would still play plenty of 2B. He’s a plus defender and there’s more value playing him there than in the outfield.

    Comment by jerbear1985 — January 27, 2012 @ 3:44 am

  11. As long as Keppinger is kept away from the shortstop position, he is one of the better utility infielders. His range isn’t great, but his defense at 2d and 3d is acceptable. He is sure handed and makes the plays on balls that he can get. As noted in the article, he hits LHPs well. He also is an extreme contact hitter; he almost never strikes out. My recollection is that the Rays are not a great contact hitting team, so Kepp may provide some balance.

    Comment by CJ — January 27, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  12. As long as Kepp can play where two all-stars, top 5 at their positions players, play, he’s good.

    Comment by Scumbag Steve — January 27, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

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