Cardinals, Others Interested In Felipe Lopez

SATURDAY, 3:53pm: Corey Brock of MLB.com (via Twitter) hears it's highly unlikely that the Padres will make a move on Lopez.

WEDNESDAY, 5:12pm: Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports are reporting that free agent infielder Felipe Lopez has four suitors, two of whom are San Diego and St. Louis.

We've heard about the Cards' interest in Lopez already this winter, and Morosi/Rosenthal note that Brendan Ryan's wrist surgery might be a main reason why St. Louis is keeping an eye on Lopez.  For the Padres, Lopez would be essentially a depth signing, though David Eckstein and Everth Cabrera aren't exactly rock-solid everyday options in the middle infield.  Cabrera is entering just his second season, and Eckstein has never posted an OPS in any of his nine major league seasons that has come within 50 points of the .810 OPS that Lopez achieved in 680 plate appearances last season..


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30 Comments on "Cardinals, Others Interested In Felipe Lopez"


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revpauld
5 years 4 months ago

The Cardinals were interested in Lopez long before Brendan Ryan decided to have surgery on his wrist. They have been looking at him as an option at 3B, as well as a kind of super utility man who can play 2B, SS, 3B, and both corner OF positions. Now, with Ryan possibly missing the start of the season, or at least needing some days off to not stress his wrist, he’s just that much more attractive to them. I hope the Cardinals can finally get him to sign.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Lopez would be a fantastic upgrade at 2nd for the Padres. He would solidify the number 2 hole at the top of the order as well getting on base before A Gon, until he is traded of course.

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marinest21
5 years 4 months ago

Everth Cabrera isn’t a rock solid everyday option in the middle infield? Give me a break. The guy was 8th in the NL ROY voting after never having played a season above Low-A and being 22 years old. He has to got to keep playing full time, putting Lopez in his place would only hinder his development. Lopez over Eckstein however? Now you might be talking.

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bigpat
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, he needs to play but he said he wasn’t rock solid which is completely true.

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catch21_2
5 years 4 months ago

A depth signing for the Padres? If they signed Lopez, which I don’t see, he would instantly become their best middle infielder and one of the best all around bats. Don’t kid yourselves SD–you’re still a ways away from contention.

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

“For the Padres, Lopez would be essentially a depth signing, though David Eckstein and Everth Cabrera aren’t exactly rock-solid everyday options in the middle infield.”

Might want to check Everth Cabrera (maybe his scouting report or better yet just watch the guy) out before you say something so ludicrous. Everth will be more than a solid every day SS. He is very dynamic, of course he made a huge jump from A ball to the MAJORS, but flourished showing off a variety of tools. NO ONE will be replacing Everth at SS period. He is the SS now and of the future for the Padres!

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catch21_2
5 years 4 months ago

Oh yes, his .255 average, total lack of power, and terrible defense just screams future all-star.

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myk13
5 years 4 months ago

you must only look at stats. He has awesome defense and fits Petco perfectly. He was a rule 5 pick that played in Low A and went straight to the Majors. His D is way above average and most of errors were throwing although he has a cannon for an arm. (Not trying to say its bad their throwing but he’s not an atrocious fielder, kid has a glove) If you have never seen the young kid play then don’t comment, and who cares about his power, he’s a lead off hitter who hits doubles and triples and steals bases. He is the sparkplug the Padres need at the top and a catalyst for the offense. He isn’t going anywhere and will only continue to get better.

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kf3313
5 years 4 months ago

I’d rather watch Carbrera play than Jeter. It’s like: would you rather go to the circus… or to the library? Depends on your taste…

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Guest
5 years 4 months ago

Another box score projector!

Maybe if you did a bit of research, you would realize that the guy went from LOW A ball to the MAJORS and for most of the year, he was closer to 270 while having many doubles and triples with his tremendous speed! He is erie similar to Rafael Furcal, with MORE SPEED! Yea, more speed and a cannon of an arm. In only 103 games, Cabrera had 18 doubles, 8 triples and 25 stolen bases!

Terrible defense, OR a rookie learning a new position making a tremendous jump!? Wow-

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Suzysman
5 years 4 months ago

Everth was extremely impressive as a 22 YO straight out of Single A. He posted a really nice .276/.368/.382/.750 line (with those steals) away from SD and hit for a consistent 800+ OPS when ahead in the count. Really, take a look at what he did when ahead in the count

.357/.357/.524/.881 – first pitch
.412/.412/.647/1.059 – 1-0 count
.353/.353/.471/.824 – 2-0 count
12 walks in 12 PA – 3-0 count
.320/.346/.520/.866 – 1-1 count
.404/.404/.630/1.037 – 2-1 count
.417/.731/.917/1.647 – 3-1 count
.385/.583/.564/1.147 – full count
.313/.450/.417/.867 – after 1-0
.413.640/.609/1.249 – after 2-0
.875/.964/1.625/2.589 – after 3-0
.346/.625/.577/1.202 – after 3-1
.392/.673/.647/1.321 – after three balls

Hitting at PETCO and hitting when behind in the count are the only two flaws he showed last season. Getting him to play to the park in SD and learn to adjust when behind will be the two goals for 2010, and if the team is able to do so they have a really special hitter on their hands.

His ability shown when ahead in the counts points to him possibly being one of the better hitting SS in the game though. That is, if/when he corrects the mental issue of protecting the pate. As his stats point to a tendency to chase junk when behind in the count, going completely against the eye he showed otherwise – and he definitely showed the ability to both recognize and handle his pitch when ahead in the count as you can see from above.