The Felipe Lopez Deal: What They're Saying
OK, so the Brewers made their first big move of the season and acquired a starting second baseman/leadoff hitter. Here’s what the media and bloggers are saying about the deal:
- Associated Press: “It’s exciting,” Lopez said from St. Louis. “It’s tough leaving the guys here. At the same time, I’m excited for the opportunity.”
- Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman via Twitter: “felipe lopez helps the brewers. a bit disappointing they didnt get ex-brewer doug davis in the deal, too. aiming higher?”
- Bill Bender of Sporting News: ”Lopez is a table-setter, and his presence should create a few more opportunities for Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.”
- Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com: “The Brewers bolstered their defense and added to their offense Sunday, acquiring infielder Felipe Lopez from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Minor League outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed pitcher Roque Mercedes.”
- Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Manager Ken Macha has struggled to find a right-handed hitter to put atop his lineup when the Brewers faced lefties, so the switch-hitting Lopez will fill that gap.”
- Todd Welter of 620 WTMJ: “Melvin proved he is a buyer and he made a nice first purchase at the market. If he wants another October appearance, he still has to make a couple more buys. The tough part will be resisting the urge to use the Gamel or Escobar credit card.”
- Al at Al’s Ramblings: “I’d say this tells us Doug is still doing anything he can to improve the team, even though I’d say the team does not look like a 90 win group right now. Not a whole lot lost, of course, so I suppose the low risk makes this worthwhile.”
- Scottage Cheese at Team Wisconsin: “Great news today…despite the loss (thank McClunk).”
- Jim Breen at Bernie’s Crew: “When it comes down to it, the Brewers traded a fringe-fourth outfielder and a high-upside bullpen arm that is still a ways away from the big leagues for a versatile infielder who can hit from both sides of the plate and fill the void atop the Brewers’ batting order.”
- chinmusic at Brewers Locker: “This was a good move for the Brewers as Lopez should help them at the top of the lineup.”
- Mark Strotman of Bleacher Report: “In a division that is completely up for grabs, any move could be a difference maker and general manager Doug Melvin is hoping this will be it.”
- David Hannes of Brewers Bar: “Like Durham last year, Lopez is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Brewers will have to negotiate with him to keep him, but will not be saddled with a long-term contract either.”
- Nicole of Cute Sports: “As for Lopez, he’s having the best half-season of his career and he gives us a legitimate leadoff hitter, which we’ve been desperate for since Rickie Weeks got injured - if batting Jason Kendall leadoff isn’t a desperate cry for help, I don’t know what is.”
- Lange of Sheffield’s House: “Take this deal as it is. The Brewers added a starting position player to fill a hole that was a drain on the offense. The Brew Crew just got better.”
- Cody at Brewer Paradise Lost: “I don’t quite see this as a move that will propel Milwaukee to the playoffs quite yet.”
- MLB&rwr=1&id=4697" target="_blank">Rotoworld: “Not a thrilling return (for the D-Backs.”
- Drew Silva of MLB Trade Rumors: “Lopez, batting .301/.364/.412 with six home runs, 25 RBI and six stolen bases, should help shore up the top of Milwaukee’s lineup.”
- Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory: “Lopez’s well-earned reputation for poor defense at shortstop causes him to be sorely underrated as a second baseman, where he has always been adequate.”
- David Pinto of Baseball Musings: “(Felipe Lopez) brings a .364 OBA to his new team, something that should work well in their leadoff slot.”
- Adam Bernacchio of The Ghost of Moonlight Graham: “I like this trade for the Brewers, but as I mentioned in my article last week what do each of the contenders need? I still think the Brewers really need a starting pitcher to put them over the top.”
- Charlie Saponora at Fantasy Baseball 365: “(Felipe Lopez) seems to have an improved approach at the plate this season as he’s picking more good pitches to swing at while upping his walk rate in the process. With the threat of Braun and Fielder behind him, perhaps Lopez will see even more good pitches to hit.”
- Andrew Johnson of Fanhouse: “Lopez is hardly the difference-making starting pitcher the Brewers are likely to need to come out on top in that race, but it’s easy to forget how good Rickie Weeks was before he was lost for the season. Weeks had an .857 OPS, production not easily replicated at second base. Lopez should shore up the lineup in that regard.”
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