Astros-Phils talking about Lopez

The Astros are working on a deal that would send relief pitcher Wilton Lopez to the Phillies in exchange for Minor League prospects, a baseball source confirmed to

Lopez has been a workhorse member of the Astros’ bullpen the past three years, going 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA last season in 64 games. He also had a career-high 10 saves after assuming the club’s closer role following the trade of Brett Myers and ineffectiveness of Francisco Cordero.

He posted the lowest walks-per-nine-innings ratio among all NL relievers (1.09) last season after setting the franchise record in 2010 by issuing only five walks in 67 innings pitched. He began last season by facing 78 batters without issuing a walk.

The departure of Lopez would leave the Astros with a glaring hole at closer, something the team will likely address in the near future

The Astros claimed him off waivers on April 10, 2009.


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Brian, I believe this would be a loser for the Astros to see Lopez leave, he has be a stable hold as the closer, will be hard to find another good closer !!!                  Ralph


I think this could be a great deal, depending on who the Astros get in return. The Astros don’t need a closer at this point. Continuing to stockpile the minor leagues should be a priority with players like Lopez. Given that he’s still under club control and was great last season, hopefully they can get more than castoffs. Strike while the iron is hot. Besides, there’s still time to find a few options for closing out games.

This just tells me Luhnow and Crane are willing to let this team lose 100+ games AGAIN next season. Lopez was the ONLY stable arm in our bullpen. Looks like Luhnow will go dumpster diving to get another closer. *sigh*

any word on who we are getting in return?

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