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Monday, July 20, 2009
Felipe flipped to BrewersPosted by Paul Singman at 12:00am
The D-backs are 19 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers and are looking to ship out veterans for prospects. It was Felipe Lopez' time to go on Sunday, when he was traded to the Brewers in exchange for minor leaguers Cole Gillespie and Roque Mercedes. The trade should not affect Lopez much since he will still bat lead off for the Brewers, however his runs totals might increase slightly since the Brewer lineup is superior to the Diamondbacks', but not by much.
Hurt most is Craig Counsell, who should really struggle to find at bats since Lopez will be taking over second base from him. The rest of the Brewers fighting for playing time at third base—namely Bill Hall, Mat Gamel, and Casey McGehee—are also negatively affected by the trade since Lopez is simply another body potentially limiting their playing time.
The likely replacement in the D-backs system for Lopez is Ryan Roberts, who offers a little speed and not much else. He should only be considered in NL-Only leagues and the deepest of mixed leagues where playing time itself is rare and has value.
Paul has been managing fantasy baseball teams for many seasons and writing for THT Fantasy over the past three years. He is currently a student at UPenn welcomes readers' thoughts at his email here or in the comments below.
Michael Street said...
Gamel got sent down, and Hall will be getting time in the OF, so 3B got a lot less crowded.
I’d expect to see Lopez getting most, if not all, of the PT at 2B, with McGehee getting most of the time at 3B, and Counsell shuttling in between the two.
Posted 07/20 at 10:09 PM
Paul Singman said...
Thanks for the updates Michael.
And look, Lopez went 4-for-4 with a triple, walk, and caught stealing in his first game with the BrewCrew. Not bad.
Posted 07/21 at 12:14 AM