Felipe Lopez Likely Headed To St. Louis, Cabrera to Cincy

The Cardinals appear to be the frontrunner to sign Felipe Lopez. According to SI’s Jon Heyman’s best guess, the versatile infielder will stroll through the Gateway soon. It would be his second time in St. Louis after spending the second half of 2008 with the Cards. As mentioned earlier here at Redbird Rants, Lopez was impressive in St. Louis, hitting .385. His success continued in 2009, hitting .310. Now, he needs a new home again.

Lopez would be a perfect fit for the Cardinals, filling the need at third if David Freese can’t handle the heat. He was an all-star shortstop in 2005 and can play the outfield, too. That versatility is invaluable in the unpredictable baseball season. He provides insurance all throughout the diamond defensively and adds depth to the lineup.

The versatility in the field carries over to the batter’s box, too. Lopez is a switch hitter that can bat leadoff. He provides another option at the top to go with Skip Schumaker, a left-handed hitter. Against a left-handed pitcher, Schumaker can slide down the lineup to break up the many right-handed bats, and Lopez can man the top spot. In other situations, Lopez can be the change of pace at the bottom. The possibilities are endless with Lopez.

He is another contact hitter to set the table for the power guys, putting the ball in play and working pitch counts. It’s time that St. Louis adds a Jack to the 2010 deck — a Jack of all trades.

Cards fans should be watching closely as Lopez could be signed and on his way at any point this week. The Reds were also in the hunt for Lopez, but signed Orlando Cabrera instead. Heyman predicted Cabrera would sign with Cincinnati too. Spring Training is closing in on us and it will be baseball season once again!

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  • dizzy17

    I think Felipe Lopez would be a great sign for the Cards. If we have any weaknesses going into Spring Training, it would be our bench. Felipe will give our bench added versatility. He can play Second, Short, Third, and the Outfield if need be. He might also be a short term solution at Third in case David Freese falters.
    Additional bench strength should be rpovided by Allen Craig who hit .322 at AAA Memphis last year and Joe “Joey Bombs” Mather who showed some power in a brief tour of duty in The Show in 2008. The one who might have to worry about whether or not he makes the club in 2010 will be Tyler Greene.

  • http://redbirdrants.com Ryne Gery

    All great points! Lopez is possibly the missing piece for the 2010 version of the Cardinals, taking the place of Mark DeRosa as the rock solid utility man that hits .300. This would be a great sign that would solidify St. Louis, which is the early favorite to take the division.

  • dizzy17

    Orlando Cabrerra just signed with Cincinnati about an hour ago – 1 year/$3 mil. What does that mean for us and Felipe?

  • http://redbirdrants.com Ryne Gery

    I would say the Cabrera signing opens things up for St. Louis and really makes them the frontrunner. The Reds also expressed interest in Lopez, who was an all-star for Cincy in 2005. Now that they have made their move for Cabrera, I can’t see Lopez going anywhere but St. Louis. It looks like it’s just a matter of time before Felipe is a Redbird again.

    The darkhorse that could jump in would be Colorado, but they appear to be out of the race and have set their sights on plan B, Melvin Mora.