The account isn't verified, but @JeffKeppinger has been tweeting about possibly joining the Rays over the past few days. This tweet from January 15th in particular sticks out
There's zero cache in creating a fake Jeff Keppinger Twitter account, and Giants' reliever Sergio Romo and Giants' beat writer Andrew Baggarly both follow it, lending a bit more credibility. The fact that a Jon Heyman or Ken Rosenthal hasn't picked up on this yet is a bit worrisome, but...it's Jeff Keppinger. We're not reporting this as fact, but it would make a lot of sense if true. The Rays have publicly been linked to Ryan Theriot this off-season, and Keppinger is virtually the same player.
Theriot has been the better defender according to UZR, but it's virtually a wash at the plate. Like Theriot, Keppinger would have to come at a discount. There's no chance the Rays would match or exceed the $2.3 million he made last season.
The 2011 season was Keppinger's worst since since 2008, splitting time between Houston and San Fransisco. He's played excellent at times -- 2007 and 2010 -- but has been below league average overall. The 31-year-old has seen over 100 games of action at second base, shortstop and third base respectively. He's a high contact (92.9%) low strikeout utility infielder that would allow the Rays to upgrade over incumbent Elliott Johnson.