Rays Close To Signing Lopez

We can expect to see the Rays sign veteran Felipe Lopez to a minor league deal in the next couple of days, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (via Twitter).  Topkin wrote earlier today that Lopez was a name to "keep in mind" as the club is in need of an inexpensive middle infielder.

After signing a one-year, $1MM deal with the Cardinals last year, the club cut ties with the 30-year-old due to behavioral problems.  Lopez's flat offense didn't help his case either as he hit just .233/.311/.345 in 109 games before signing with Boston.  The Red Sox wisely offered the Type B infielder arbitration, but a minor league deal means that they won't receive a compensatory draft pick.


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33 Comments on "Rays Close To Signing Lopez"


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Ferrariman
4 years 5 months ago

minor league deal huh? Looks like no draft pick for Boston.

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nictonjr
4 years 5 months ago

Could the Red Sox and Carl Crawford have agreed to a ‘minor league deal’ with a ST invite and when he makes the team in ST sign him to a 7/142 deal??? Or, in other words, does it matter if Lopez makes the Rays roster out of ST????

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drjayphd
4 years 5 months ago

Minor league deals come with compensation? Please tell me that roster spot for a week and a half or so wasn’t used in vain…

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4 years 5 months ago

It was in vain. The Red Sox don’t get anything but a sour taste in their mouths.

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joeybw
4 years 5 months ago

This is actually a very smart signing. The draft order is now set and the Rays made sure the Red Sox didn’t get an extra pick. And well, before Lopez, Elliot Johnson had zero competition in the Spring giving him no reason to even try.

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safari_punch
4 years 5 months ago

One word. Legend.

This guy. Is not one.

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pastamania
4 years 5 months ago

Another word. Tool.

Lopez is one.

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Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

Behavioral issues… Would Ritalin be considered a PED for this guy?

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4 years 5 months ago

beat me to the adolescence joke