The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with free agent utility player Felipe Lopez on a one-year, $2 million deal, as first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
This will be Lopez’s second stint with the Cardinals, after being acquired from the Washington Nationals in 2008 via trade. Since Lopez left Washington he has posted a stellar .325/.392/.450 line while playing above average defense with St. Louis, Arizona, and Milwaukee. Lopez, a switch hitter, also plays multiple positions including second base, shortstop, third base, and left-field.
Provided his versatility, Lopez fits as someone who can play significant time at a vacant third base position, spell Skip Schumaker as a right-handed second base option, and provide depth at shortstop should Brendan Ryan’s wrist injury be more serious than previously predicted. At $2 million, this is a steal for St. Louis.