Braves sign RHP Rodrigo Lopez to minor league deal

The Braves signed 35-year-old Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Lopez provides the Braves more depth for their rotation, though Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are still expected to be the top contenders for the fifth spot.

Lopez went 7-15 with a 5.00 ERA in 33 starts last year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did throw 200 innings, though, in his first full season since elbow reconstruction surgery in August of 2007.

Lopez, a native of Mexico, is 75-82 with a 4.85 ERA in nine major league seasons with the Padres, Orioles, Rockies, Phillies and Diamondbacks.

21 comments Add your comment

justin1

January 31st, 2011
5:32 pm

Wow……wow. Ive applauded Frank Wren this offseason but this move completely baffles me…

Any reason behind this DOB? Trade chip?

RBG

January 31st, 2011
5:35 pm

second…rodrigo was decent in baltimore worth a look

cheese

January 31st, 2011
5:38 pm

this makes no sense!

retired

January 31st, 2011
5:45 pm

low risk makes sense

Old & Washed Up, Like Chipper

January 31st, 2011
5:45 pm

at age 35 with an ERA of 5.00, he would’ve been an instant favorite of Bobby Cox’s !

Bobby Cox

January 31st, 2011
5:47 pm

Rodrigo Lopez was “lights out” in our simulated games. I think Fredi will have some real competition for a bullpen spot down in Orlando. Man I wish I hadn’t retired !

Frank Wren

January 31st, 2011
5:49 pm

I got who for Rafael Soriano?

tvsportscaster

January 31st, 2011
5:55 pm

What is ya’lls problem with the signing, it’s no money at all, its a minor league deal. It’s for freakin depth in the rotation, that’s all.

JC Boscan III

January 31st, 2011
6:04 pm

It never hurts to have an experienced veteran at AAA if Minor or Beachy struggle, or if one of the other starters goes down with an injury for a couple of weeks. We’ve not had much starting pitching depth at AAA the past couple of years……

Micah Turell

January 31st, 2011
6:16 pm

Its a diamond in the rough signing. Of course he didn’t have a good year last year, but it provides depth and he’s not horrible. I mean come one, he’s better then relying on kenshin kawakami if our starters go down, and Minor or Beachy needs more seasoning.

Mark (another one)

January 31st, 2011
6:21 pm

Elbow reconstruction is not Tommy John. It is a big deal and it probably takes a couple of years to recover. Here’s hoping the ERA is from a couple of bad outings and that he has fully worked out the kinks.

Every team could use some inning eaters. If he can’t break into the lineup, there isn’t much lost, and if he does, it probably won’t cost much more than the minimum.

Coach (2011 and Fredi G. a GO!)

January 31st, 2011
6:37 pm

Rule number 1#. You can never, ever have enough pitching. Which is why this signing makes perfect sense.

joedub

January 31st, 2011
6:42 pm

jesus i can’t believe this guy’s going to be our no. 1!!!! **sarcasm

GovClintonTyree

January 31st, 2011
6:49 pm

Frank must be bored. He’s like the kid who opened his Wii on Christmas Eve morning as his one early present.

bravesfanbob

January 31st, 2011
7:19 pm

A perfect guy to eat innings in lopsided games. Not expensive, and will save Moylan, Venters, and Kimbrel a few innings. One thing different with Freddie than Bobby is he will use the bullpen a little less.

Chris

January 31st, 2011
7:33 pm

You people who complain crack me up… if he comes to spring training and does poorly, he doesn’t make the team and we send him to AAA and he eats innings and gives us an insurance policy. If he makes the team, he gets the veteran’s minimum and is a long man or spot starter at best. But again, if he does poorly there is NO GUARUNTEED MONEY. Take a deep breath people, it’s a good decision on our end considering it’s a guy that’s won 75 MLB games.

richbrave

January 31st, 2011
7:59 pm

justin1

January 31st, 2011
5:32 pm
Wow……wow. Ive applauded Frank Wren this offseason but this move completely baffles me…

Any reason behind this DOB? Trade chip?

My take on BRAVES thinking:

Starting off the season, AAA SP is pretty thin. None of REDMOND, GUSTAFSON, ORTEGANO, REYNOSO looked that great last season, or in winter ball. And the one best up and comer we had was lost in the rule 5 – DIAMOND. We need proven depth down on the farm in AAA temporarily. And there’s always…….well maybe the kinks are finally worked out of his arm after three years of rehab and work [ineffective work primarily]. Let’s take a chance. Maybe something’s there we can use right now.

Chris from the Rock

January 31st, 2011
8:13 pm

Next up, Bobby Crosby.

daniel buck

January 31st, 2011
11:38 pm

why why why why

Bsizemore10

February 8th, 2011
4:21 pm

I’m glad we signed Lopez. It was a minor league contract so it was very cheap and we have 2 rookies competing for a starting pitching job in the major leagues with hardly any big league experience at all. Lopez may not be the best pitcher but we got him cheap and he has a good bit of experience under his belt. Hopefully Minor or Beachy are incredible at the mojor league level but if not, an experienced player that comes with a small contract will be able to step in and provide backup.

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