The Rays announced today that they have signed Felipe Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez, who spent most of the 2010 season with the Cardinals hitting .231 with 7 home runs and 8 stolen bases, will battle Elliot Johnson for the back-up middle infielder spot.
On a side note, we wouldn’t be surprised if one reason for signing Lopez was to keep the Red Sox from receiving a supplemental draft pick in the 2011 draft*. If Lopez plays well and wins a spot on the opening day roster, that might just be an added bonus.
In other news…13 days until pitchers and catchers report!
*A team does not receive compensation if the player signs a minor league contract.