Marc Topkin reports that the Rays will sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league deal in the next couple of days. Lopez spent most of the 2010 season with the Cardinals hitting .231 with 7 home runs and 8 stolen bases, before being picked up by the Red Sox in September for 4 games.
Lopez will be 31 during the 2011 season. And by signing Lopez to a minor league deal, the Red Sox will not receive a compensatory draft pick. Lopez is a Type B free agent.
In the meantime, technically, the Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon deals are not official. The Rays still need to clear room on the 40-man roster and those moves are expected to be made today. Our guess is that the Rays were still trying to work out a minor trade or two last night.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- What if the Rays moved Johnny Damon to first base and made Manny Ramirez the *gulp* everyday left fielder. Could the Rays now signVladimir Guerrero to be the DH? *sigh* Take it away Ken Rosenthal (Ed. note: The Rays never deviate 180 degrees from their philosophy, so there is no reason to think they will this time either).[MLB Buzz]
- We will post a highlight video of yesterday’s press conference in a little bit. In the meantime, Roger Mooney [HERE] and Marc Topkin [HERE] have some quotes. Maybe the most interesting quote came from Manny Ramirez who confirmed he had a bigger offer from at least one team.
- Marc Topkin and Tom Jones offer their first impressions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon (Video). [The Heater]
- Joe Henderson writes that Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon may make the Rays better, but they definitely make the Rays more interesting. [TBO.com]
- What? Carl Crawford is not a lazy slob? Who knew? (and yes, we’re being sarcastic) [Boston.com]
- And don’t forget your “Morning Cup of Joe.” [Joe Bucs Fan]
So which one is Peaches?