Lopez Deal Unlikely

It sure sounded yesterday like the Phillies had found a setup man.

Not so fast.

Sources said today a trade that would have sent right-hander Wilton Lopez to Philadelphia for a pair of Minor League prospects had hit a roadblock and is unlikely to happen. Lopez, 29, had been in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a physical.

A deal had been agreed upon, pending Lopez passing his physical, but it appears both teams are going their separate ways.

Lopez, 29, would have been a nice addition to the Phillies bullpen. He went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA and 10 saves in 64 games in 2012. He became Houston’s closer following the trade of Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox and Francisco Cordero‘s ineffectiveness. But he also spent time on the disabled list in each of the previous two seasons with an elbow injury.

The Phillies could pursue another pitcher in a trade, or they could look to the free-agent market. They have liked right-handers Mike Adams and Brandon Lyon in the past.


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so what did the Phillies find in the physical that they didn’t like?

Any idea why?

They haven’t actually said yet – the only info out about it is that people suspect the doctors saw something they didn’t like when examining his elbow. Though a few have mentioned that other teams have suddenly jumped in w/ possibly better offers than the Phillies. Don’t know if that matters since a deal was supposedly struck pending the physical exam – can a player back out at that point?

Todd you forgot to say why the deal didn’t go through. Poor reporting to not mention something on that part.

Actually, I believe it would have been poor reporting to speculate. No one knows why exactly the deal didn’t go through, and plenty of others are already jumping to conclusions. I like that he didn’t do that.

So totally bummed about this. Lopez seemed like the perfect addition to the Phils pen.

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Reports from Dr Office is that he failed a Drug test and tested positive for Marijuana Metabolites. Along with High testosterone.

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It wasn’t about the health of Lopez…….Jeff Luhnow wanted your catcher, Valle.

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Jarred……you had better make DANG SURE about saying that about Lopez, because I have heard N O T H I N G about any banned drugs in his physical.
*WHERE* did you get your information about this????????????
You need to explain yourself…….NOW.

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