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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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The Houston Astros have traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.
The deal was announced Tuesday night and was the first trade at the winter meetings.
Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season. Known for his sharp control, he struck out 54 and walked just...
In a vacuum, you could probably make a decent enough case in favor of exchanging Alex White for Wilton Lopez. As Jeff wrote last week, Lopez is the game’s most extreme high GB/low BB reliever, and this skillset allows him to be an effective late inning reliever. Lopez is a quality arm, and he can be a key piece of a good bullpen. Meanwhile, White has been pretty lousy during...
Right-hander Wilton Lopez, who finished last season as the Houston Astros' closer, was acquired by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Houston received right-handed starter Alex White and minor league right-hander Alex Gillingham in the deal. Colorado also will get cash or a player to be named. Lopez likely will serve as a setup man in front of Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt...
On day two of the Winter Meetings the Colorado Rockies made a trade with the Houston Astros to acquire right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez. The Rockies sent starter Alex White and minor leaguer Alex Gillingham to Houston and will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Just days after the Phillies and Astros failed to complete a trade that was all done except for a physical, the Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros appear to have completed a trade for Astros closer Wilton Lopez. The Astros received in return Alex White and a minor league player,...
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