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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.
The Phillies are close to getting a setup man.
They are working on a trade for Astros right-hander Wilton Lopez, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Minor League prospects from the Phillies have been agreed upon, and Lopez is believed to be in Philadelphia taking his physical.
Once the physical is passed, an announcement could come shortly.
And once that happens, the Phillies will feel much better about their eighth-inning relief situation, which was a problem last season. Lopez, 29, went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA and 10 saves in 64 games last season. He became Houston’s closer following the trade of Brett Myers to the Chicago White Sox and Francisco Cordero’s ineffectiveness.
Lopez posted the lowest walks-per-innings ration among National League relievers (1.09) last season. It was not a one-year thing, either. He set the franchise record among relievers in 2010, when he issued just five walks in 67 innings.
He faced 78 batters last season before he issued his first walk.
Lopez is 13-13 with a 3.14 ERA in 213 career appearances.
Not only are the Phillies getting a pitcher with late-inning experience and somebody who can throw strikes and induce ground balls (his 2.34 groundball-to-flyball ratio ranked 21st out of 187 qualifying relievers last season), they get somebody under their control for three more seasons.
Lopez is salary arbitration eligible for the first time this year, meaning he cannot become a free agent until after the 2015 season.
CSNPhilly.com had the first report about the impending trade.