The Phillies are in serious talks about a possible trade for Astros reliever Wilton Lopez, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports. The Phillies could be on the verge of trading for the right-hander, according to Salisbury.
Lopez, arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason, projects to earn $1.4MM in 2013. The 29-year-old posted a 2.17 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 1.1 BB/9 and a 55% ground ball rate in 66 1/3 innings with the Astros in 2012. In three-plus MLB seasons, he has a 3.14 ERA with 6.8 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and a 55.9% ground ball rate. He's under team control through 2015.
The Phillies have been looking to acquire a reliever who can provide steady late-inning production. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports notes that the Astros would be looking for prospects for Lopez in any trade (Twitter link).
This post was originally published on November 28th.