Why has no team signed Felipe Lopez yet?
Coming off his best offensive season since 2005, the 29-year-old may remain team-less into March. He was an average-defensive player who hit .310 with a stellar .383 on-base percentage. Many teams would enjoy that as a starter, but would also love that depth on the bench.
-Although Jermaine Dye has some major deficiencies with his game (Horrific defense while struggling against righties in 2009), but he retains some “name value” that some teams would invest at least a low-level one-year deal in.
-I mean Johnny Damon just recently signed a one-year deal with the Tigers. The White Sox could have used his presence at designated hitter, but the Tigers also needed one more “thumper” in the lineup a little bit more.
-For the second year in a row, teams took their sweet team before a team gave Orlando Hudson a one-year deal. Now a freshly-signed Minnesota Twin, Orlando is blessed enough to be batting right in front of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
Hudson’s defense is positively overrated, yet he remains an acceptable offensive second basemen with no major flaws. It’s true he fell apart in the second half of 2009, but it’s no reason for the extreme hesitation before signing him.
-Erik Bedard, a man that many analysts and fans wanted to lift to “Superstar level” after his fantastic year in 2007 with Baltimore, signed a microscopic 1.5 million dollar deal for only 1 season.
Every year this happens, usually with injury-risk players or the elders of the league, but for the life of me I will never understand why someone like Felipe Lopez remains to be on a team.
I have nothing personally against Jeff Baker, but the Cubs could sure use Lopez starting at second while also leading things off.
Just something to think about.