The Rockies made their first move of the Winter Meetings tonight by trading Alex White and Alex Gillingham to the Astros for right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez.
Lopez, a late innings reliever, had a 2.17 ERA and 10 saves in 64 appearances for the Astros in 2012. He’s 13-13 with a 3.14 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Astros, recording 169 strikeouts in 223 2/3 innings. He does have a 55% groundball rate in 66 1/3 innings.
The Philies actually traded for him in November, but the deal fell apart after the last hurdle, the physical, was performed. He spent time in 2012 on the DL with a right elbow strain and missed time with elbow soreness.
Lopez is eligible for arbitration this offseason. The Rockies are also owed a player to be named later, or cash, to complete the trade.