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Cardinals and Rockies in the mix for Felipe Lopez

Jan 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Felipe Lopez headshot.jpgJon Heyman of tweets that the Cardinals are Rockies are among the teams interested in free agent second baseman Felipe Lopez.

Lopez, who turns 30 in May, has been overshadowed by Orlando Hudson of late, but is coming off a season in which he batted .310/.383/.427 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and 88 runs scored with the Diamondbacks and Brewers. Though Hudson won the Gold Glove, Lopez outperformed him in UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). And as I compiled in November, Lopez ranked fourth among free agents in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) last season.

Lopez doesn’t have the reputation of Hudson, but he is nearly three years younger and with the ability to play shortstop, third base and the outfield, he’s far more versatile. Whoever signs him will have a found a nice bargain.

  1. cubbasher2easy - Jan 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Come to St.Louis Mr. Lopez! Beat out a rookie and you are the starting third baseman. Imagine bating in front of Albert and Matt. Those guys need runners ahead of them. You need a WORLD SERIES RING! Talk about leverage for that next contract. Do You see any world series rings in Denver? Maybe soon but not in 2010. As an added BONUS, you will get to pound the Cubs on a regular basis. Think it over. See Ya in St. Loo

  2. Shely - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Far too much is made of the power and hitting the Redbirds are looking for. They have to worry about the Pitching! They don’t have a bonna fide closer and it hurt them at the end of last year. With a closer, they could have gone all the way. They are betting that Carpenter can come back this year (not a given), and that other pitching will develop. I predict that the Reds with a better overall pitching staff will be on top of the birds. We do have a great closer. Bet on it. I hope they waste their capital on hitters and fielders (which they have plenty of), we will get better pitching. Oh yes, we do like Lopez in Cincinnati.

  3. Wet Socks - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Do the twins have any interest? I think they should.

  4. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Jan 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Like most Twins fans, I’ve been pushing for the club to sign Lopez or Hudson all offseason and thus far nothing.
    I can’t believe Lopez has been out there this long with almost no one talking about him. We’re like three weeks from spring training and he’s finally starting to get some market buzz…
    If anyone is interested, here’s a link to
    my take on Lopez to the Twins from earlier this offseason…

  5. salvo - Jan 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Yeah, I like Lopez to play 3b for the Birds but also as a platoon partner for Schumaker at 2b. Skip just doesn’t hit lefties… Lopez is no superstar vs. LHP (although he was great against them last year), but he’s still a couple hundred OPS points better than Skip…
    Closer for the Cardinals is an issue, but as history has shown, year after year, any guy with a live arm COULD be plugged in there and end up having a great year… look at seasonal save leader boards and there are a handful of guys who show up year after year, but there’s always a bunch of random guys who hold down the job for a year or two and do good work before fading off to oblivion.
    The key is to have a braintrust with a little creativity and vision that can spot a guy that can do the job. Most of the “big name” closers were just no-name guys that a manager took a chance on, and they worked out. Key is having one good “out” pitch (as opposed to “location” and “changing speeds”—unless you’re Trevor Hoffman)and control.

  6. sploorp - Jan 30, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Sadly “should have” and “Do” have interest are two different things.

  7. Cardsfan12 - Feb 1, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Way to be a douche bag he probably doesn’t read this stuff and you go acting like a know it all. St. louis isn’t gonna win a ring in a while either, but will be on top the division for a while.

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