The Brewers put their hat in the trade ring today by acquiring Felipe Lopez from the D-Backs for a couple minor leaguers.
While I would have preferred if they had gotten a starting pitcher from Arizona (Doug Davis), I still like the trade. Despite the Brewers struggles in the past month and a half, this trade proves that management has faith in this team and is willing to acquire players that can help the teams post-season hopes.
Point being, Lopez upgrades both the top of the line-up and the second base position. While Craig Counsell has filled-in admirably after Rickie Weeks went down for the season and is hitting better than normal, he has more value as a bench/platoon player than he does hitting first every day.
With Lopez the Brewers will get a decent average, a solid OBP and a little bit of pop in his bat (as evidenced by a .305/.368/.416 103 OPS+........the only draw-back to this trade is it makes it less likely that Casey McGehee will get into the starting line-up as he has played some second after the Weeks Injury......but that's a different rant for a different day
Either way, getting Lopez should infuse some fresh energy into this team and i'm looking forward to see what he can contribute to the Brewers pennant hopes........