Jeff Keppinger was dealt to the San Francisco Giants for 2 Giants prospects. The prospects were 2 strikeout pitchers with walk issues that were bullpen guys that ranked 22 and 29 in the Giants organization. What's nice about knowing this is that it gives us an idea of how much he would've cost for us. My question is, would anyone here have been interested in adding Keppinger as a temporary 3rd baseman then utility infielder/outfielder for once Pedro gets back for a similar price?
That similar price, I'd say is Diego Moreno and Tony Watson. Both are pitchers with good stuff that could prove useful, but both are also relievers. Neither are very highly ranked on our prospect lists as of May, (though Moreno might've climbed since then), and while Moreno might be more valuable than either Giants pitcher traded, I wanted to make sure the deal would've gotten done, without giving up anything more than relief candidates.
Now, Jeff might have been only a very marginal upgrade at any position he plays, (or temporary probable decent upgrade at 3rd) and he doesn't fit one of the "pressing need" positions of the Pirates, but I'm interested to see what the people here have to say about this possibly coulda happened deal. It's one of those deals that slightly improves the club currently, protects against injury, and doesn't result in the team giving up top prospects. Keppinger has been a .307/.320/.436 guy this year who almost never walks or strikes out. His salary is 2.3 Mil this year and he is an unrestricted free agent next year. He can play all the infield positions apparently for those interested, though his defense isn't exactly good, and he has experience in the outfield as well. If we had gotten him I would have seen him as a nice guy to have around in case of injury. That's just my opinion though, let's hear your thoughts.