Jose Lopez Drawing Trade Interest

5:42pm: The Rockies "have [an] open mind about dealing" Lopez, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post, though the club feels "no urgency" to make such a move.

5:19pm: The Rockies have received some trade interest from other teams about infielder Jose Lopez, tweets Ken Rosenthal of  Lopez is slated to be in the Rockies' second base mix, but if dealt, the job would fall to Ty Wigginton and Jonathan Herrera, Rosenthal notes.

Lopez was dealt to Colorado last December from Seattle, and his name surfaced in trade talks again in February when he was rumored to be part of the package the Rockies had offered the Rangers for Michael Young.  Lopez will earn $3.6MM this season, and since Colorado signed Wigginton to a two-year, $8MM deal in December, Wigginton could take priority as the club's top right-handed utility option.

Given Chase Utley's injury woes, the Phillies leap to mind as a team that could be interested in second base help, their recent signing of Luis Castillo notwithstanding.  While Lopez is best known as a second baseman, he started 142 games at third for the Mariners last season and fielded his position very well — his UZR/150 was an impressive 7.5.  The Marlins may have a hole at third base, though they were "not initiating trade talk about third base options with other clubs" and Lopez's salary is rather high for Florida.

25 Responses to Jose Lopez Drawing Trade Interest Leave a Reply

  1. LOPEZ FOR SILVA DAMNIT cubs can eat some salary too lopez is better than all the cubs second baseman and it’s not like they play defense either

    • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

      Silva at Coors? I’m a Cubs fan, and even I don’t wanna see that happen.

    • gcheezpuff 4 years ago

      I don’t see the Rockies in on Silva, but I agree Hendry should check in and see if there is a match.

    • m4r1n3r 4 years ago

      are you a cubs fan? Trust me…. you do NOT want Silva. Clubhouse cancer and he sucks to boot.

    • paulcatanese 4 years ago

      Not true, Barney is quite capable to handle second base.

  2. Doc 4 years ago

    I don’t understand the drive to move Lopez? Lopez used to be a long-ball threat. Now with him playing 81 games in the thin air of Coors Field, he’ll easily have 25 HR this season. If anything he is a decent to above average fielder who will give you 20-25 HR from a position that is essentially weak in the power category.

    • you are being verrrry optimistic about production from lopez, he is never gonna put up those numbers ever again.

  3. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I do NOT have faith in Will Rhymes. I would much rather have Jose Lopez on Detroit.

  4. bobbybaseball 4 years ago

    He doesn’t get on base (career .297 OBP & .270 last year) and has seemingly lost his power (25 HRs in 2009 to 10 last year). Nothing to see here.

  5. JST1331 4 years ago

    You can look back at the post when it said Chase Utley was hurt. I was the first one to recommend this one. He is a very underrated player he has had two very successful years in Safe Co Field which means he could possibly put up those statistics or better in Citizen Bank.

  6. mkorpal 4 years ago

    Lopez has looked awful so far this spring.I’m not sure why anyone is interested.

  7. BobbyJohn 4 years ago

    Jon Herrera has torn the cover off the ball this spring, and he’s significantly better with the glove than Lopez. EYJ is nowhere near the all-around player that Herrera is at this point, either.

    Other than left-handed relief I’m not sure what the Rockies would be targeting at the major league level.

  8. Lopez is on a downward spiral. If the Rockies can deal him, good for them. I’m surprised we (Mariners fan) were able to dump him and the 3 million he’s owed.

  9. Bryce Murphy 4 years ago

    Lopez was awful with the Mariners. Yes, he put up some solid offensive numbers a few years back, but this is one of those instances where when you watch him play it becomes a lot less impressive. Lopez has no plate discipline whatsoever. He goes up hacking against every pitcher, and he often looks absolutely foolish at the plate. And while his defense was average at third, he’s terrible at second. No range whatsoever, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player make more poor decisions on the field. I remember watching him get doubled off first base in the 9th inning of a tie game when he was the trailing runner. It was a routine fly ball to right field, and for some reason Lopez was off base to get caught for the third out.

    Thing is, you need more than the long ball to win games. You need to have players who can make good decisions, play hard, do the little things. Lopez, at his best, provides nothing more than a few home runs, and most of the time he’s not even good for that.

  10. paulcatanese 4 years ago

    I think a lot of people wil be surprised at the Castro Barney twosome. Barney is as quick as Catro with his hands and they will make plays out there that Cub fans have not seen in a long time. Not that it will bring a Pennant but fun to watch.

  11. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago

    EY2 is a one-tool player. he would likely steal 120 bases in a full season, but do nothing else.

  12. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    what are you basing that on? he tore up the minors and has only seen about 200 PA in the show

  13. j6takish 4 years ago

    360 OBP with a bunch of stolen bases? Sign me up, thats better than what a lot of people are trotting out

  14. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    500 PA at AA: .290/.391/.392 – .370 wOBA – 46 SB

    550 PA at AAA: .299/.387/.430 – .381 wOBA – 51 SB

    how is that not tearing it up?

    he’s had about 200 PA split over 2 seasons since then and hasn’t played well. that’s hardly a reason to discount his potential

    do i expect him to post .380 wOBAs in the bigs? no way. but if he can manage ~.350 with decent defense, he’s very valuable. even if he can only manage .330 he’s in chone figgins brandon phillips territory

  15. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    also, if you project him at .260/.360/.380, he’s not a one tool player. your original statement was that he’d steal a bunch of bases and do nothing else. that slash line definitely represents something else – a solid everyday player

  16. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    oh. well you’re way less wrong than that guy

  17. jwredsox 4 years ago

    Colorado Springs, their AAA affiliate, is an extreme hitters ballpark though. Those numbers are really not that impressive when you factor that in. EY2 doesn’t have near that much power.

    Plus EY2 isn’t really that good at 2B. The fear is that he is going to have to be moved to the outfield where he has almost no value at all.

  18. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    what power? his slg is not what’s encouraging about those numbers

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