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M’s trade Jose Lopez to Rockies for minor league pitcher

Dec 2, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of the smartest and most forward-thinking front office executives in all of baseball.  Things didn’t work out in 2010, when the M’s finished with a hideous 61-101 record, but the man they call “Jack Z” is again earning his reputation this winter.

According to Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s 710 ESPN, the Mariners have dealt infielder Jose Lopez to the Rockies for minor league pitcher Chaz Roe.

Roe posted an ugly 5.98 ERA and 1.67 WHIP this year at the Triple-A level and is far from a top prospect, but the M’s had planned on non-tendering Lopez before Thursday night’s deadline and it’s absolutely incredible that Jack Z was able to find a trade partner with just hours to go.

Lopez is likely to see regular action at second base next season in Colorado.  He hit just .239/.270/.339 over 593 at-bats in 2010, but he does have a decent power stroke and should be able to let that shine at Coors Field.  Granted, he will cut into the development of young Colorado two-bagger Eric Young Jr.

  1. marinermousse - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Drew, I doubt if Lopez will see a lot of action at 2B, as I think EY jr. will be given every chance to make that a long-term home. If you look at Ian Stewart’s splits last year, one possibility is that they become a strict platoon; another possibility is that Lopez gets 3B outright and Stewart gets moved (perhaps to Baltimore) or perhaps they are not happy with his progression. If I were a betting man I would put good money on Lopez starting more games at 3B than 2B and perhaps all of them there unless EY stumbles very badly for the first two months….or an injury changes the scheme of things.

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