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.