Re: Cubs sign Leiber
Putting Keppinger as the everyday SS is the same as conceding 2008. There is a chance he might be able to play everyday and be decent SS, but I wouldn't bet on it.
We all saw what happened to Freel when he tried to play everyday.
Keppinger is not a shortstop. He played a total of 8 games at SS in the minors. He was put at SS last year for the Reds, only because they had no one else. He was rated as a below average to average 2b when he was in the minors. Which means that he is even worse as a SS.
I have no problem with that trade, but not if it means Keppinger is the Reds everyday SS.