Felipe Lopez traded to Brewers

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The Arizona Diamonbacks have traded second baseman Felipe Lopez to the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor leaguers. The Brewers have been without their second baseman Rickie Weeks since his season-ending wrist surgery. In his place, they’ve looked to veteran Craig Counsell and rookie Casey McGehee. Lopez is a confident leadoff hitter who now finds himself in a much stronger lineup.

“It’s exciting,” Lopez said from St. Louis. “It’s tough leaving the guys here. At the same time, I’m excited for the opportunity.”

The 29-year-old Lopez is hitting .301 with six homers, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases in 85 games in his first season with the Diamondbacks. He can become a free agent after the season.

“Felipe is an accomplished veteran player who gives us versatility at three infield positions,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “He has been a very productive player at the top of the order with respect to both batting average and on-base percentage.”

The Diamondbacks, who fell to 39-53 after Sunday’s 2-1 road loss to St. Louis, got outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-hander Roque Mercedes from the Brewers in the deal. Arizona began Sunday 18 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West.

“With our place in the standings, we have to consider trades like this,” Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes said. “Felipe will be a free agent at the end of the year, and we acquired a couple of guys with long-term value.”

The Brewers will be Lopez’s sixth team in his nine-year career. Apart from the Brewers and Diamonbacks, Lopez has also played for the Blue Jays, Reds, Nationals, and Cardinals. Funny thing is, he’ll probably be on another club next year since Lopez will be a free agent and Weeks will be back.

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