Felipe Lopez Is On The Move…Again

The Rays have signed infielder Felipe Lopez to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League spring training.  Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com reports that the deal includes $1 million in guaranteed salary plus $1 million in performance incentives if Lopez makes Tampa Bay’s Major League roster.

The 30-year-old switch-hitter had a .233 batting average with 8 dingers and 37 RBI last season with the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.  Lopez only played four games with the Boston Red Sox, so I can’t really flip out about having yet another friggin’ former BoSox player on our team.

In 2005 Lopez was named a National League All-Star and won an NL Silver Slugger award that same year as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.  While I’d love to see that type of performance again, I’m going to be more realistic.

It’ll be just fine by me if Lopez returns to his 2009 form and hits .310 like he did with Milwaukee and Arizona that year.

Just don’t get too attached yet, Rays fans.  With the way Lopez has team-hopped in the last few years, we’ll be lucky to get 100 games out of him.  And that’s only if he makes the Major League roster.

On a side note, Lopez has a home in Orlando so if he lands a spot on the roster, he and Johnny Damon could carpool to games.

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