In a move that presumably won’t keep them from pursuing further infield help between now and Sunday’s trade deadline, the Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash considerations.
Lopez is a veteran of 11 seasons in the majors, but has spent most of this season playing at Triple-A Durham, where he batted .305 with seven homers and an .831 OPS in 44 games.
Milwaukee was said to be in the market for infield help even before Rickie Weeks’ ankle injury knocked him out for 3-6 weeks, so bringing in the 31-year-old, switch-hitting Lopez is probably just a low-cost stopgap solution while they continue to go after, say, Jamey Carroll of the Dodgers.
Lopez previously played for the Brewers in 2009, when he hit .320 in 66 games after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a trade for a pair of mid-level prospects. He’s hit just .230 in 145 games since.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.