Found November 28, 2012 on Fangraphs:
There’s a fun game I’ve enjoyed playing, called Spot The Half-Decent Astro. It’s challenging, because there haven’t been very many of them, and because I could never get anyone else to play too. Did you know that the 2012 Astros’ team leader in home runs was Justin Maxwell? Do you know anything a...

Report: Phillies in Talks to Acquire Astros RP Lopez

The Phillies are in serious talks with the Houston Astros and may be on the verge of trading for 29-year-old righthanded reliever Wilton Lopez, reports Jim Salisbury of If the Phils pull this off, it would be a great, under-the-radar trade. Many baseball fans haven’t heard of Lopez because he’s been trapped under the weight of the 100-loss Astros, but he’s actually...

Phillies in talks to acquire reliever Wilton Lopez from Astros

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to raid the Houston Astros for relievers. The Astros are in talks to deal their third closer to the Phillies in the last decade, and this time, it's Wilton Lopez following in the footsteps of Billy Wagner and Brad Lidge. Unlike the prior two closers however, Lopez will serve as the primary setup man for entrenched, highly-paid Phillies closer...

Reports: Phillies to trade for reliever Lopez

Philadelphia has worked out a trade that will bring Houston reliever Wilton Lopez to the Phillies in exchange for minor-league players, according to several reports. Lopez, 29, pitched 66 1/3 innings in relief and had 2.17 ERA for the Astros in 2012. He served as the team's closer after Houston traded Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox. The Phillies are expected to use...

Phillies' deal for Lopez on hold

The Phillies have "put the brakes" on a deal that would've brought reliever Wilton Lopez to Philadelphia, according to a report. The web site said Lopez had come to Philadelphia for a physical on Wednesday, though it wasn't clear whether there was anything physically wrong with the pitcher. On Wednesday, multiple reports said the Phillies had acquired...

Phillies Agree to Trade for Astros Relief Pitcher Wilton Lopez

After missing out on one option Ryan Madson joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Phillies still need to fill a key 8th inning role in the bullpen.   The Phillies are turning to a trade to try to accomplish this goal.   According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly, the Phillies are in active trade talks with the Houston Astros to acquire their closer Wilton Lopez. Lopez took...

The Wilton Lopez trade to the Phillies is off

Yesterday, we brought you the news of the Astros potentially trading closer Wilton Lopez to the Phillies. Well, today it appears that the trade will not be happening after Lopez's physical with the Phillies hadn't gone well. Reportedly, Lopez's elbow is what gave Philadelphia's doctors pause. The Phillies were reportedly going to send pitcher Tyler Cloyd and catcher...

Phillies Trade With Astros for Wilton Lopez is Reportedly Dead

I'm glad they tried.  According to Todd Zolecki of, the trade that would have sent Astros reliever Wilton Lopez to the Phillies is pretty much dead.  Apparently the Phillies were not comfortable for the results of Lopez's physical: A deal had been agreed upon, pending Lopez passing his physical, but it appears both teams are going their separate ways. The...

Houston Astros 2013 Top 21 Prospects List

Welcome back to Baseball Instinct’s 2013 Top Prospect Lists. The 21′s will be released in the following weeks, culminating in the Baseball Instinct 360°. We left you with the Baltimore Orioles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Deal For Wilton Lopez Hits Snag?

Our Corey Seidman reported yesterday that the Phillies were close to acquiring Houston Astros reliever Wilton Lopez per CSN’s Jim Salisbury. Lopez, 29, was due to be first-time arbitration eligible and is estimated to make around $1.4 million. While many Phillies fans were wondering who would be included in the trade, today Phillies fans may start to wonder if the trade will happen...

Angels Reliever Jordan Walden Could Be a Phillies Fit Should Lopez Deal Fall Through

The agreed-to-but-not-final Wilton Lopez deal that may fall through gives us a little insight as to what the Phillies are thinking.   They want a reliever who can be strong in the 8th inning.  They want someone young, inexpensive, and who will be around a while.  That player could come from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Jordan Walden, suggests Marcus Morris of Pucktacular...

Is Tyler Cloyd Headed to Astros in Wilton Lopez Deal? Could Deal Fall Through?

Though there were reports yesterday that the Phillies and the Houston Astros agreed on players exchanged in a trade for Wilton Lopez, the deal was still not complete as of Thursday morning.   Some reports indicated that Lopez was in Philadelphia taking a physical and that he needed to pass before a trade was finalized. One name that surfaced today as going to Houston is starting...

A Few Updated Phillies Thoughts

A lot is being made about the events in the National League East over the past 72 hours, from the Phillies failed trade for Wilton Lopez, to the Nationals successful trade for Denard Span, to the Braves paying $75.25 million to get B.J. Upton, and keep him out of Philadelphia....
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