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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Diamondbacks - Signed Lopez

Arizona Diamondbacks - Signed 2B Felipe Lopez to a 1-year, $3.5 million contract.

Lopez had an amazing two months with the St. Louis Cardinals that probably saved his career.  Perhaps the now-departed Lenny Harris is such a bad hitting coach that simply getting away from him can actually fix mechanical problems that a player has.

Lopez is the very definition of a stopgap player.  He’ll be OK offensively at 2B and mediocre defensively, but he can hold down the position without being a major drag on team quality, especially when the team doesn’t have the money to do much with the position.  He should never play SS, however, as he’s one of the league’s worst there.

ZiPS Projection - Felipe Lopez (2B)
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          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA OBP SLG OPS+
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2009       548 77 149 28   4 10   53 60 93 19 .272 .345 .392   88
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Top Offensive Comps:  Ron Oester, Julio Cruz

ODDIBE

Offense %
STAR   15
AVG   36
REP LV 89

OPS+  %    OBP   %    3B     %    Hits   %
>160   0     >.400   2     >10   4     >200   0
>140   0     >.375   15     >5     37     >150   47
>130   0     >.350   48
>120   1     >.325   83     2B     %
>110   7     >.300   98     >45   0
>100   24               >30   38
>90   50
>80   76
>60   98

BA     %    SLG   %    HR     %    SB     %
>.350   0     >.550   0     >50   0     >70   0
>.325   0     >.500   0     >40   0     >50   0
>.300   11     >.450   8     >30   0     >30   11
>.275   46     >.400   45     >20   2     >10   82
>.250   86     >.350   89     >10   51

(Based on Projected PA)

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 14, 2008 at 04:32 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: December 15, 2008 at 04:57 AM (#3028949)
What makes you think he can "hold down" second base? He was absolutely awful there in 2007/2008. Going by +/-, he was actually worse at 2B than SS. By eye, when he was with the cardinals he was a lot worse than his +/- rating suggests.
   2. ugen64 Posted: December 16, 2008 at 06:13 AM (#3030200)
using UZR/150, averaging the last 2 seasons, he's like -5 runs at 2B and close to -10 runs at SS (you can't use last season's data for SS because he only played 79 innings there). those are pretty close to his career numbers: -4.4 and -9.2 respectively. essentially his value is the same at either position, because the positional adjustment difference between SS and 2B is 5, and that's close to the difference in his UZR/150. so Arizona should base this decision solely on the other players they can use at these positions.

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