The Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing veteran infielder Jeff Keppinger to serve as a utility man, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The 31-year-old made his debut in the big leagues with the New York Mets back in 2004 and has played for the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants since then, compiling a career average of .281 with 32 total homers. Against lefties, however, Keppinger has hit .324 over his career.
If Keppinger passes his physical Thursday, the deal could be announced Friday, the paper notes.
Keppinger started this past season with the Astros, missing 50 games with a foot injury, and then was traded to the Giants and injured his wrist in August. He hit .277 with six homers and 35 RBIs over 99 games.