Originally written December 04, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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After a deal between the Astros and Phillies fell apart over a physical that would have sent Wilton Lopez to the City of Brotherly Love, the Astros have instead dealt Lopez to the Colorado Rockies, who apparently had no issues with Lopez's elbow. Heading back to Houston in the trade are a pair of starting pitchers, Alex White and Alex Gillingham, while the Rockies also get a player to be named later in the deal. Lopez's acquisition strengthens a Rockies bullpen that was already pretty good last season, despite an ugly 4.52 ERA. The 29-year old Lopez had a 2.17 ERA with the Astros in 2012, striking out 54 and walking just eight in 66 1/3 innings. Perhaps the more interesting stat of note to the Rockies is Lopez's 55% groundball rate in 2012, a huge advantage in the hitters paradise that is Coors Field. Lopez will join a Rockies bullpen that returns a trio of pitchers worth at least a win in 2012: Matt Belisle, closer Rafael Betancourt, and the fireballing Rex Brothers...
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