It isn’t often that established, Major League players are designated for assignment, but in the case of Chicago White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger, the circumstances are even more unusual.
White Sox designate infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment. Is in second year of three-year, $12 million contract.
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) May 14, 2014
The 34-year-old Keppinger has been jettisoned from Chicago’s 40-man roster with more than $7 million (including $4.5 million for the 2015 season) left on his contract. In his defense, Keppinger did suffer a shoulder injury that has kept him off the field for the entirety of the 2014 season to this point, but prior to that, his production level didn’t match the inordinately high contract he was awarded prior to the 2013 campaign.
The next step for the versatile veteran will be the waiver process, but with his high contract number, it is a longshot that he would be claimed by any team. If he clears waivers, Keppinger would be free to sign anywhere he likes (with Chicago paying out the remainder of his deal), and he will have every opportunity to land a job when he’s physically able to do so.