It’s not a game-changer, but Felipe Lopez is a guy worth having on your team. And now he’s on the wrong team.

The St. Louis Cardinals reached an agreement with free agent infielder Felipe Lopez on a one-year, $2 million deal, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The deal is still pending the completion of a physical, the source said.

Lopez batted .310, with a .383 on-base percentage, last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The only other free agent on the market this winter who matched or beat him in both of those categories was Matt Holliday. ESPN.

If Lopez puts up similar numbers this year (though there’s reason to think he has no chance, given a highly elevated BABIP last year), the Cards will have just stolen a potential All-Star.

Either way, Lopez is versatile and solid with the glove. He’s valuable, even if he’s on the bench.


  • Kevin G

    Well they got better, that not what we wanted now is it. It will be interesting how the season goes. I am not going to say we will be behind the pirates or anything like that but It not looking good for the division right now.

    • Ace

      I’ve tried to avoid concluding that the Cardinals are much better on paper than the Cubs… but it’s becoming very hard.

      • Cardfan

        Go ahead and conclude – you’ll feel better in the morning…

  • Lok

    It’s amazing when the franchise player like Pujols demands they get better, they do. Perhaps it’s time someone in Chicago call out some of the crap we’ve been settling for. coughsorianocough

    • Ace

      We’re not lucky enough to have a guy like Pujols. So there’s no one to make the necessary demands, I guess. Maybe Mike Fontenot can start calling in some favors.

      • Seth

        If only we could have a team of 25 Mike Fontenots…… :'(

  • Kevin G

    My brother in law brought up something very.scare to me today. You know A-Ram can opt out of his contract at the end of the year. what if he opts out and going to the Cards?

    • Ace

      They assuredly don’t have the money to add ARam.