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03/31/2009 4:49 PM ET
Astros Acquire Keppinger from Cincinnati
Infielder added to 40-man roster
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HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that the club has acquired infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The announcement was made by General Manager Ed Wade.

"Jeff is a solid big league player who can play all over the infield," said Wade. "He fills a number of needs with his ability to play second, short and third and he plays the game the right way. He's a .287 lifetime hitter at the Major League level and is one of those rare breed of players who puts up more walks than strikeouts each season. We think he's a perfect fit for our club."

Keppinger, 28, hit .266 (122x459) with three home runs and 43 RBI in 121 games for Cincinnati in 2008. He struck out just once every 20.9 plate appearances, the best ratio in the Major Leagues last season. The right-handed hitter also ranked fifth in the National League and eighth in the Majors with a .360 (50x139) batting average against left-handed pitchers. Defensively, Keppinger appeared at all four infield positions in 2008, including 108 games at shortstop and 10 games at third base.

Keppinger is a career .287 (251x876) hitter with 13 home runs and 92 RBI in 243 games with New York-NL (2004), Kansas City (2006) and Cincinnati (2007-08). He had his best season in 2007 with the Reds, when he hit .332 (80x241) with five home runs and 32 RBI in 67 games. Keppinger is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001.

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