The Orioles acquired infielder Julio Lugo from the Cardinals (pending MLB approval), reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli tweets that the Cardinals will receive a player to be named later. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles will pay Lugo the league minimum, with the Red Sox paying the remaining $8.6MM. Lugo asked the Cardinals to trade him, reports Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez first reported word of a deal to an AL club and later suggested the O's.
Lugo provides insurance for Brian Roberts, who dealt with back spasms earlier this spring. He can also back up Cesar Izturis at shortstop. Ghiroli says the Lugo acquistion could mean Robert Andino is on the chopping block.
The Cards' signing of Felipe Lopez made Lugo unnecessary. Lugo, 34, hit .280/.352/.405 in 293 plate appearances for the Red Sox and Cardinals last year. The Cardinals acquired him in July for Chris Duncan, with the Sox assuming Lugo's contract.