Rockies Pick Up Wilton Lopez

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.

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jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

In unrelated news, Marco Scutaro just signed a three-year deal with the Giants for $20 million.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I hit the thumbs down button, but it wasn’t directed at you. LOL. That was for Scutaro staying with the Gnats.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Ha! Yeah, I saw the -1 and thought it might be that! That is one thing about the voting. It is anonymous.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Well that’s weird. I’ll reserve judgement for now since there’s surely other deals coming. First thought: this frees the Rockies up to trade Betancourt with Lopez moving into the closer’s role. Kind of a Kevin Slowey, Momentary Rockie situation? Or this: One of the purple row commenters suggests (with nothing to back it up) they may make Belisle a starter again, which I hadn’t thought of but which has a certain sense to it. A lot more sense, that is,… Read more »

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

He led the pitchers for fewest BB/9 ratio. That is what we need badly. Now I can only hope the injury bug doesn’t hit him again.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
7 years ago

So the Phillies wouldn’t take him. Does that mean we are getting damaged goods? As if we don’t have enough players keeping the medical staff busy.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

I’m worried about that as well. RMH posted a link to an article last summer talking about altitude and increased injuries to pitchers arms. Why start out with a bad arm?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

I have to say Bob, I believe the odds are in favor of us getting damaged goods. No way I would have given up Alex White in this deal. Especially knowing the Phillies backed out because of the physical.

At least now I know what Geivett says on camera is to be taken with a grain of salt. Chalk one up for the Renck. He said the Rox are looking for closer/late inning stoppers.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this trade since I don’t know enough about Lopez, but the fact that he may be damaged goods is a bit concerning. What I can’t help thinking is that once again the Rox may be making a trade for all the wrong reasons. I get the feeling that White did not meet the organization’s standard of being a choir boy or good “christian”. I’m sure that his DUI last spring and being such an… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Right on, Cisco. Our SMIB favors image over production. Best thing for the players is that if get tired of all this Micky Mouse b.s.–as in they really would like to win–they can just throw a little fuel on the fire and ensure their escape from the asylum. White’s just the latest who’s used this tactic. I bet he has a terrific season next year, at least better than I expect from Mr. Palmerantz.

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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Walt Weiss in his press conference said that he needs a strong bullpen and the most feared offense. He’s already said that if the starting pitchers can do just enough, we will be a good offense. That explains why we got Wilton Lopez. Now the backend of the bullpen consists of Betty, Lopez, Belisle, Brothers, and Octavino. That’s pretty good. I’m more optimistic than pessimistic about Lopez’ possible elbow problem. I looked up the stats for the last three years;… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I wish I can edit my own post; third line of first paragraph I meant to say “team” not “offense.”

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

You can edit it…you just need to login (middle right hand side) and then you will see an “edit” link on the post…

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I am logged in but don’t see “edit” link anywhere. Maybe it’s because the OS is old? (Windows XP, IE 8)

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I see that I am logged in (“Howdy, rmh with avatar”) in upper right. But there is no “Edit” word after the date/time stamp. My cursor did change to gloved fist pointing hovering over the date/time stamp but it did nothing when I clicked on it.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Sorry RMH, I just tested and apparently only I have the power to edit.

jeem
jeem
7 years ago

Hi Jared + RMH. I am able to edit w/ the permissions you gave me, although only on PC (not hand-held). FYI. It takes you into WordPress to do the editing (not our site).

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

I posted a bit about this trade last night on the Spring Training thread (simply because this thread didn’t exist at the time). I take this trade at face value. I think the Rox really want him as a one inning reliever (and not the 9th – at least not initially). I think that’s part of the reason they view his injury red flag a little differently than the Phils. For as bad as our SP is…….the BP has the… Read more »

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
7 years ago

I do realize that the offense was prolific at times last season and seemed much more exciting with the decrease in those maddening called third strike at-bats. However, I’m wondering if it is even possible to get to a 1995 attack with the humidor in place. I also question the references to 1995 which was, after all, nothing more than a wild card slot. (I can’t downplay a 3rd year team making the playoffs, but to use that as a… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

So according to the national talking heads the Rockies have “put out the word” they are looking for a starter. Sounds like via a trade and not a FA. Wonder who they are really wanting?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

If they trade someone I just hope it’s from a position of depth. Plenty of 2b and cf on this team. Hate to see fowler go but if he’s going to get expensive move him now. Otherwise Colvin might be a good flip. Personally love to see them move an infielder too. Lets de-clutter a bit. Trade in all this Ikea quality furniture for 1 or 2 bits of finer quality stuff.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Looks like Rox will resign Francis to 1 year deal. Does this improve the staff? No. But I think it shouldn’t have to. Francis is a good 5th starter. A lot better than most of their candidates to begin last season. I am 100% happy with this signing as long as this isn’t their biggest move of the offseason in regards to rotation.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I read somewhere (it may have been a Renck tweet) that the Rox are hoping to sign Francis to a minor league deal. I have admitted many times that I don’t understand the nuances of major league contracts and 40 man roster rules, but I hope the Rox aren’t trying to nickel and dime Francis. He’s not great, but he knows how to pitch in Coors and has a knack of keeping the Rox in games. He deserves a little… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

If you thought Rosario’s passball rate was bad before……..!

I wonder if Ramon or Jordan have any experience catching a knukler.

I don’t think the Rox have roster space for another catcher who’d just catch Dickey.

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Well damn it – that’s a good point! 🙂

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Do the Rocks get to send Lopez for a physical? Or do they just accept him “as is”. Like a number of people I think that they gave up on White too quickly. I thought he had his moments and I like his cockiness. Unfortunately DoD probably didn’t like his attitude. I heard DoD and one of the Monferts last week (I think it was last week) on Dave Logan show and basically they gave us the same old story.… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, I believe Mr. O’Dowd stated he was comfortable signing Lopez because of the results of an MRI. If I remember correctly it was stated that the Rockies also did extensive tests. I find it just a little disconcerting that he fails one clubs physical and a week or so later passes another.

Maybe the Phillies have higher standards or just weren’t willing to go out on a limb?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Last week? I thought I read that the proposed Phillies trade was during last season. I must have missed something.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

never mind.

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