The Chicago White Sox still have interest in signing free agent third baseman Jack Hannahan despite their signing of free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. The Keppinger signing, which Merkin confirms, will be a three-year deal worth roughly $12 million once it's official.
While it's generally assumed that Keppinger will take over as the primary third baseman in Chicago for the short-term, his versatility leaves open the possibility that the White Sox could add someone else. Considering that Hannahan likely won't command much money, Chicago could presumably afford him.
Primarily valued for his glove, Hannahan hit just .244/.312/.341 in 318 plate appearances with the Cleveland Indians this year. He was better in 2011, hitting .250/.331/.388 over 366 PAs in Cleveland, but in general his value is tied to his ability to play quality defense.