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Astros looking to move Keppinger, Lindstrom

Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:58 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:36 pm
Keppinger Thought the Astros were done with their penny-pinching ways after dealing Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt?

Think again.

The club is looking to move arbitration-eligible players in Matt Lindstrom and Jeff Keppinger (pictured), even though the two will only make about $2 million-$3 million in arbitration apiece as AOL Fanhouse relays. Lindstrom made $1.625 million as the Astros closer although he lost the job at the end of the year to Brandon Lyon. Keppinger, who hit .288/.351/.393 in 575 plate appearances could be attractive to teams looking for a middle infielder as he is capable of playing short as well and made $1.15 million in 2010.

Owner Drayton McLane is looking to lop payroll off even more now that the team is up for sale. That means that Lindstrom and his 23 saves along with starting second baseman Keppinger could be on the way out for a club that was 59-52 after May and 40-33 following the All-Star break. That's a playoff caliber club, but manager Brad Mills will have to work some more magic if the two are indeed traded.

-- Evan Brunell

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