Felipe Lopez...I'd do that
Ciao friends. I've just returned from two weeks gallivanting across Western and Southern Europe and looky looky what I've come back to find.
Kurt's latest post about sums it up: Trouble is a brewing and changes need a making. When I left the Cubs were 25-25, so a .500 record at 30-30 doesn't seem like a big change. From what I can tell however, the offense has taking a significant turn to Crap Town, USA.
Now I've been out of the loop for a while, so I haven't heard the latest trade rumors, but I'd like to put my own idea out there (forgive me of this has been mentioned already).
How about Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Felipe Lopez?
Currently Lopez is hitting .305/.359/.425 with 4 HR and 11 RBI. Although his run production doesn't seem particularly impressive, the guy has been getting on base. For comparison sake, annual wet dream Brian Roberts is hitting .299/.366/.462 this season. Pretty close if you as me.
In addition to having a solid stick, Lopez is also a switch hitter and (if my memory serves me correct from when he was with the Cardinals) he can play a little third base.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, it appears that the Diamondbacks won't be participating in any trading, but I don't see why the Cubs can't pry Lopez away from them.
The Backs are 15 games out in the West and Lopez is due to be a free agent at the end of the season. I'm sure the Cubs could make a deal that wouldn't drain the talent pool or require them to give up any current big league talent.
Again, I apologize if this has been mentioned already in the past few weeks. It just seems like Lopez could be a cheap and quick upgrade for the offense, no?