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  1. Houston could definitely find a way for him to start, whether that be at second, third, or even shortstop. They have nothing in the infield. The fact that he can play around -1 win defense at short is better than any of their current options for backing up Tommy Manzella (mentioned by R.J. earlier today).

    The main thing standing in the way is that Ed Wade got too trigger-happy (what else is new) and signed Geoff Blum for $1.5 million and Pedro Feliz for $4.5 million early in the off-season, and the roster is full. Also, I have the feeling Wade overvalues intangibles and “clubhouse presence” and Lopez still has a bit of a bad rep on that front.

    Comment by OremLK — February 15, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  2. I wouldn’t be against the Sox picking him up, and putting Beckham back at 3rd, but I’m really pessimistic on Teahen.

    Comment by AInquisition — February 15, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  3. PLEASE let the Mets gets smart here. Castillo is a sunk cost, and you could probably snag Lopez for what you were offering Molina. Solidifies infield w/ insurance against Murphy and gives you another bat with decent skills.

    Comment by Jeff — February 15, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

  4. Twins could still use a 3B. Other holes on at least semi-contending teams:

    Mets 2B
    Marlins 3B (if Cantu moves to 1B)
    Dodgers 2B
    Rockies 2B
    Brewers 3B
    Giants 2B (unless Sanchez is Lazarus)

    Comment by IvanGrushenko — February 15, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  5. Given their unfortunate series of events last year, Lopez would be a good signing for the Mets. He can play a number of positions competently.. I believe he could in a pinch play three of 4 infield spots. If they want to think outside the box they could sign Johnny Damon for first base

    Comment by the Hobbit — February 15, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  6. If Pennington doesnt work out he certainly would fit at SS in Oakland. Unfortunately its not going to be until June or July to figure that out.

    Comment by PL — February 15, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  7. I think Lopez would be a nice fit in Detroit. Inge is coming off surgery and probably should sit a bit more often than he does. Also Scott Sizemore has been a bit injury prone and Lopez provides a fallback if Sizemore struggles some. He’d be a nice pinch-hitter for Adam Everett as well

    Comment by Jon E — February 15, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

  8. There are a lot of teams that could use Lopez-Cubs, Cardinals, Mets, Seattle, Twins, and Marlins come immediately to mind.

    Maybe a team like the Padres, Pirates, or Indians-teams that could use him for depth and to guard against a younsgter blowing up, or perhaps to hold a youngsters arbitration clock to less than a super-2-might like to buy him now for depth insurance and/or to flip to a contender at the deadline.

    Comment by jirish — February 15, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

  9. I’d love to see Lopez in Cleveland, but apparently the front office is cool on his defensive ability. I just can’t understand why they went after Hudson, who doesn’t offer them much utility right now, IMO, and won’t go for Lopez, who could really help out in the ways you mention above.

    Comment by Al — February 15, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

  10. To me, the best fits would be the Astros, Cardinals, Indians, and Royals. Felipe is certainly better then Tommy Manzella (at least at the moment), Brendan Ryan/David Freese, Luis Valbuena, and Alberto Callaspo/Chris Getz. I have seen him play a ton and he is great, except in the field. If a team can get over his shortcomings in the field, they should definately take a chance on him.

    Comment by Ben — February 15, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  11. I’ve been looking for people to say that Lopez should play for Minny, because truthfully I think Lopez should play for Minny (3rd). Understandably people have concerns about playing him at the hot corner because he doesn’t provide the average pop of most 3rd baseman, but Punto and Tolbert have like 10 combined long balls. I saw someone say the Sox shoud pick him up, awful idea, Teahen is due for a breakout year, 30hrs, write that down.

    Comment by C5H8NNaO4 — February 16, 2010 @ 10:02 am

  12. I don’t see why Lopez couldn’t play SS. Everett produced only 0.9 wins in 390 AB, and can’t really be relied upon for more playing time than that. Lopez at worst, in a full season, would probably be worth -5 runs batting and -15 fielding at SS, which ends up at 1 win. Between Everett and Sizemore, Lopez would have a starting spot.

    Comment by LeeTro — February 16, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  13. In the 2nd paragraph were you comparing him to MLB SS or 2B?
    “His defense plays into that ranking, with a 2.5 UZR over the past two years, seventh among MLB shortstops.”

    Comment by Gilbert — February 16, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  14. Cubs/Toronto, if anyone. He’s just not that good.

    http://gameofinches.blogspot.com/2010/02/unemployment-watch-felipe-lopez.html

    Comment by David MVP Eckstein — February 17, 2010 @ 12:19 am

  15. Also, grammar watch:
    “His defense plays into that ranking, with a 2.5 UZR over the past two years, seventh among MLB shortstops.” should probably read MLB 2B’s, as he’s only played a handful of innings at SS in the past 2 seasons

    Comment by David MVP Eckstein — February 17, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  16. Yes, I wrote the wrong position. I’m sorry. That shouldn’t happen. But it’s not a grammatical error.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — February 17, 2010 @ 12:31 am

  17. Touche

    Comment by David MVP Eckstein — February 21, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

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