Braves Sign Rodrigo Lopez

The Braves announced that they signed Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse (Twitter link).

The Braves' rotation is already deep; Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens provide manager Fredi Gonzalez with four solid starters. Lopez will presumably battle with Mike Minor for a rotation spot and Kenshin Kawakami and Brandon Beachy provide Atlanta with even more options.

Lopez logged 200 innings for the Diamondbacks last year, posting a 5.00 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. The 35-year-old induced more fly balls than ground balls last year, posting a 37.6% ground ball rate. Lopez underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and missed time with shoulder inflammation in 2009 before recovering to start 33 games last year, the second-highest total of his career.


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54 Comments on "Braves Sign Rodrigo Lopez"


BG921
4 years 5 months ago

Ew, even at a depth move I don’t like this… Too many in house options available for the Braves to sign Lopez. Then again, Wren gave Proctor too much money when Atlanta already had in house options.

csg
4 years 5 months ago

minor league contract…meaning if he sucks they’ll cut him

goredsgo
4 years 5 months ago

Nice deal. Could really be effective if the price is right

4 years 5 months ago

Over/Under, 25 homers allowed by Lopez.

davidsonrva
4 years 5 months ago

yep. might as well put a tee up at home plate.

4 years 5 months ago

Under, he won’t give up any homers because he’s unlikely to pitch a single inning for the big-league club. Now, if the Braves don’t cut him after ST I suppose he could give up 25+ HR at the AAA level, wouldn’t shock me.

14 Rocks
4 years 5 months ago

This is a puzzling addition. Did the Braves just need another AAA starter?

14 Rocks
4 years 5 months ago

I also didn’t understand the Proctor signing. The Braves have Stephen Marek who was outstanding at AAA last year but they don’t seem to want to give him a chance to make the team.

4 years 5 months ago

I fail to see how Lopez is a better rotation option than Kawakami, nevermind Minor or Beachy

RiverKKiller999
4 years 5 months ago

Minor League depth can never hurt any one.

4 years 5 months ago

Better to give a minor league starting job to a younger kid with more upside than to Lopez.

roberty
4 years 5 months ago

Wren figures nobody will trade for Kawakami if Lopez is available.

4 years 5 months ago

Exactly, and that’s a great point. Signing him to a minor league deal doesn’t really hurt you and it takes one more “innings eater” off the market to make KK seem a little more like a viable option. As we’ve seen before, there usually is a method to Wren’s madness.

BravesQueen
4 years 5 months ago

All I can say is…..WHY???

4 years 5 months ago

Smart move, Lopez. I assume he doesn’t want to see big-league action this year? Throw 200+ horrible innings and then sign with a club that has arguably the deepest pitching in the NL?

nictonjr
4 years 5 months ago

Seems like Rodrigo is tired of getting pounded in the bigs. He’s probably 10th on the Braves SP depth chart…

4 years 5 months ago

Let’s see:

Hanson
Hudson
Lowe
Jurrjens
Minor
Beachy
Teheran
Delgado
Medlen
Kawakami
Redmond
Lopez?

So yeah, that’s about right. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Vizcaino get the call ahead of Lopez, although he’s still a couple of years away. Lopez is just awful and if it weren’t for his ability to limit walks, he would’ve been out of the big-leagues years ago.

4 years 5 months ago

I don’t see why he didn’t sign with a team like the Nats that needs SP..

Wierd signing..

Muggi
4 years 5 months ago

I assume the Braves and Mets’ fans who were saying yesterday that signing Jason Grilli to a minor-league deal showed the weakness of the Phils’ pen would agree that this shows the weakness of the ATL rotation, right?

(of course it doesn’t, but the thought is equally asinine.)

bobrewer
4 years 5 months ago

Except Philly’s ‘pen actually is weak. Atlanta has tons of solid starters to make a formidable rotation.

4 years 5 months ago

Man, I had no idea Lopez was THIS bad last year. I looked up his splits hoping to find some sort of optimism and I find this:

Against righties: .812 OPS
Against lefties: .856 OPS

Home: .825 OPS
Away: .840 OPS

First half: .784 OPS(even with a .274 Babip)
Second half: .900 OPS

Worst full-time starter in the game last year?

roberty
4 years 5 months ago

He’s gotta be the worst pitcher to throw that many innings last year, but I think Charlie Morton and Ryan Rowland-Smith were more destructive, despite pitching about half as many innings.
Morton (-2.4 WAR)
2-12, 7.57 ERA, 1.732 WHIP and 59 SO in 79.2 IP

Rowland-Smith (-3.6 WAR)
1-10, 6.75 ERA, 1.692 WHIP with 49 SO in 109.1 IP.

4 years 5 months ago

I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe Lopez would have better luck away from Chase Field. But lo and behold, which park is right next to Chase on the home run factor list? You guessed it: Turner Field.

inkstainedscribe
4 years 5 months ago

Who knows? Lopez pitches lights-out in spring training and maybe the Braves get something for him in a deal. This is the glass-over-full view, mind you …

roberty
4 years 5 months ago

Your glass runneth over…with wishful thinking. Way to maintain a positive attitude!

deeroll
4 years 5 months ago

One person liked this on Facebook… Must have been a Mets fan.

coolstorybro222
4 years 5 months ago

If he steals innings away from Medlen and Beachy, I’ll be dissapponted

4 years 5 months ago

how can one steal innings from a guy recovering from TJ surgery?

TDKnies
4 years 5 months ago

Gag. Depth signing, not going to pitch for the big club, etc. I get it. But can someone with his numbers even be considered depth?

jhey_chosen1
4 years 5 months ago

honestly i think this is just Frank building up some “major league ready” talent to put in a package deal for a cf/leadoff. you know that even if a guys numbers are terrible (lopez) the fact that he has major league innings makes him more attractive than a totally unproven prospect in a trade package

4 years 5 months ago

good way to look at it, although i doubt Lopez even makes the team period

jhey_chosen1
4 years 5 months ago

yeah i dont think he will, we’ll just bring him down to spring training for a few days and hopefully he’ll be off or hands once he proves he still has a pulse