Rodrigo Lopez has been on the trading block for what seems like years. And anyone who has taken the time to count the Brewers outfielders know that some of them--including Kevin Mench and Geoff Jenkins--will be on the block this offseason. So, it's only logical that the Brewers and Orioles have chatted about Lopez for Mench.
I wrote about Lopez in a post on my blog when it was first reported that the Brewers had inquired after him--he had a disastrous year last year, posting a 5.90 ERA, but he's not too old, he's been a reliable innings eater, and he has had a couple of decent years pitching in the brutal AL East. A switch to the NL Central, with a steady diet of the Pirates and Astros, could do wonders for his fantasy value.
Contract-wise, the deal makes sense: both are entering their final year of arbitration, and both are coming off of years that could make a case for non-tenders. Rosenthal points out in the article that having Lopez would free up the Brewers to trade Doug Davis, another innings eater coming off a so-so year. Their contract situations are the same, but Davis probably has more trade value than Lopez (if only because Davis's ERA wasn't near 6 last year).
Posted by Jeff Sackmann
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