Brewers Acquire Felipe Lopez From Arizona
By Todd Welter
Next game: Monday, July 20th at Pittsburgh
Every Brewers fan was hoping general manager Doug Melvin would land a pitcher to add the starting rotation. They will have to keep waiting. Instead, Melvin added a bat to an inconsistent lineup by acquiring switch-hitting second baseman Felipe Lopez from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
According to Wisconsin's Morning News Brewers 360 contributor and Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer, Tom Hardicourt, the Crew will send Triple-A Nashville outfielder Cole Gillespie and Single-A Brevard County reliever Roque Mercedes to the Diamondbacks for Lopez.
“Felipe is an accomplished veteran player who gives us versatility at three infield positions,” Melvin told Hardicourt.
“He has been a very productive player at the top of the order with respect to both batting average and on-base percentage.”
The 29-year-old has played in 85 games this season while hitting .301 on the year with six home runs and 25RBI's in 345 at-bats. He is pretty good at getting on base with a .364 on-base percentage. Lopez is batting .313 from the right side of the plate and .298 as a lefty.
Hardicourt confirmed that prized prospect Mat Gamel will be sent back to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Lopez. Gamel got inconsistent playing time in the 48 games he spent with the big club. He hit .239 with four home runs and 16RBI's in 113 at-bats.
Melvin told Hardicourt, "We still like Mat a lot. It will be better for him to go down and play every day. He wouldn't play with Lopez here."
Lopez will be a free agent after the season and is a career .266 hitter in nine seasons in the Majors with five teams.