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UPDATE: Cards sign Felipe Lopez

Feb 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

Felipe Lopez headshot.jpgUpdate: OK, Johnny Mo is just showing off at this point. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Lopez will earn a $1 million base salary with $1.2 million in “easily attainable” incentives. Lopez made $3.5 million last season.

Saturday, 11:00 AM: The Cardinals have officially announced the signing. In fact, Lopez is already at Roger Dean Stadium (hat-tip to John Marecek of KTRS in St. Louis).

Friday, 8:55 PM: Heyman writes that he’ll make a $1.75 million base salary. Even better for the Redbirds.

Friday, 8:38 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN confirms the signing. One-year, $2 million, pending a physical.

Friday, 8:00 PM: According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are close to signing free agent infielder Felipe Lopez to a one-year contract. He could take a physical as soon as this weekend, according to the report. If the contract is finalized, he’ll earn a $2 million base salary with a chance for some additional incentives.

Lopez, who earned $3.5 million last season, amazingly has to settle for less money after what was arguably his best season. He batted .310/.383/.427 with nine home runs and 57 RBI for the Diamondbacks and Brewers in ’09 and as I compiled in November, Lopez ranked fourth among impending free agents in WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Lopez became so frustrated this offseason that he recently fired Scott Boras and signed on with Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Lopez, who played 43 games with the Cardinals in 2008, is a pretty nice contingency plan while Brendan Ryan rehabs from wrist surgery. Because of his versatility around the diamond, he could even play some third base on occasion if rookie David Freese struggles or needs a breather. It’s a no-brainer, really.

And for my fellow Mets fans, just a reminder that Alex Cora will make $2 million this season and Luis Castillo is still the starting second baseman.
 

  1. Dan in Katonah (Mets fan) - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    And then say they have no money to sign useful players to fill the roster. Just shoot me now.

  2. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Feb 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    ..and the Cubs are fixing wrigley…..yyayyyyyy…..

  3. J.C. (Mets fan in Buffalo) - Feb 28, 2010 at 4:33 AM

    If Lopez was so great, why did it take him until spring training to get a job?

  4. A man in awe - Feb 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    “If Lopez was so great, why did it take him until spring training to get a job?”
    .
    Splendid line of reasoning. Impeccable. I am moved by your brilliance. The mob did X so X must be right. Again, I am left in tears by the intellectual heft of this argument. Bravo, I say. Bravo.

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