From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Rodrigo Lopez from Braves

According to multiple reports, the Cubs acquired Rodrigo Lopez from the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher Ryan Buchter.

Jim Hendry said Lopez will join the team on Friday and will serve as the Cubs swingman out of the pen. The 35-year old right-hander signed a minor league contract with the Braves prior to the season and posted a 6-1 record with a 2.59 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Updated – 5:50pm CDT – Justin Berg Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs have not announced the corresponding roster moves. The Cubs will have to create a spot on the 40-man roster and on the active roster. With Randy Wells expected to be activated Saturday in all likelihood Casey Coleman and Justin Berg will be sent to Iowa over the next two days.

Rodrigo Lopez was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. In 227 big league games, 199 starts, Lopez is 75-82 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Jim Hendry on Lopez from the Tribune:

“We’ve been scouring, looking for people like this. He’s had a really good year in Triple-A with the Braves…. We thought it was a good move for us, obviously with our injury situation, and even some setbacks at the Triple-A level, we felt like it was a good move.”

Rodrigo Lopez’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • RynoTiger

    it’s a shame Hendry couldn’t have convinced them to take Berg in exchange for Lopez.

  • Kevinwickit

    Well that just made me change my thinking about Hendry. He just saved the season. LOL

  • studio179

    I hope that was the last we see of Berg. No Cub pen pitcher this side of Grabow makes it more frustrating to watch.

  • GaryLeeT

    His AAA stats are impressive, and he has had some MLB success……..a half decade (or so) ago. Can’t be worse than Coleman or Davis though.

  • paulcatanese

    Who is Hendry kidding,”scouring, looking for people like this” what is he supposed to achomplish here with the Cubs? There is still not a proven offense,defense to
    support a pitcher. And a good year in triple A? How many vets will be let go or sent down or will it be the youngsters again? And 35 years old, another one year shot?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Before JHendry was hired by the Cubs, apparently he was a bum who used to look for food in garbage cans, and scour the streets for partially consumed cigar butts and partially empty beer cans. He’s doing the same thing now; its that he’s now looking for mostly consumed ballplayers.

      • paulcatanese


  • Ripsnorter1

    Well, he didn’t cost much. We sent Matt Avery to the Nats for Ryan Buchter. Avery ain’t going to make it–he’s 28 and left baseball after the 2009 season.

    Buchter: 24 years old, started 2011 in Class A, moved up to AA Tennessee. Only pitched 11 IP in relief, whip was 2.183 and ERA was 6.55 for Tennessee.He averaged 10.6 K/9, and 9.0 BB/9. He’s got control problems. Maybe the Braves can fix him. 

    Rodrigo Lopez:
    Mostly done, I suppose. He had some great years in Baltimore. Look at this:
    2002  15-9 3.57
    2004  14-9  3.59

    The wheels came of starting in 2005
    2005  15-12  4.90
    2006….9-18 5.90 for Baltimore, and he started to bounce around.
    2010   7-16 5.00 ERA for Arizona

    Has pitched in the minors at least part time every year since 2006, with the single exception of his 7-16 5.00 ERA year of 2010.

    Don’t expect too much . . . . .

    2011 AAA Ginnett for Atl
    6-1…2.59…59 IP…59H…44k…14BB…

    Like I said, don’t expect too much . . . .

    • Tom U

      Rip, in the words of Willy Wonka “strike that, reverse it”. Buchter started the year in AA and was demoted to Daytona.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Thanks for the correction. I was unable to tell from Baseball Reference that that was the case. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pirates in town tomorrow. Correa vs. Davis in a shootout for next to last place in the NL Central standings. Correa is a pretty decent pitcher: 6-4 for the offenseless Pirates. Should be interesting . . . .

  • Ripsnorter1


    Time to admit it–Dunn signed the big contract, and he’s completely flopped in ChiSox world. 0-3 tonight so far with 3 k’s. Hitting a ro-BUST .187, 5 HR, 22 RBI, and 64–COUNT ‘EM, 64 K”s in a mere 155 AB! LOL. He’s slugging a mere .364, too. Sure, I know he’s doing better than Carlos Pena, but Pena is only making $10 million dollars.

    Look, I like Dunn. But the big money always knocks a man down the next year, or maybe for life. Look at the Zit–you know, Barry ZIT-to. Got the big money, and suddenly became a stinkin’ dead fish. Sorry-oh-no, got the big money, and the best thing he can do now is disco. 
    It’s a dirty shame. Too much money ruins a good ball player every time.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Oh, about Dunn tonight–“Strike that, reverse it!” The game is over and Dunn went 0-4 with 4 Strike outs. Man, is he having a hard time of it.

    • cc002600

      It just reinforces what I told you all winter. Dunn is a total worthless dog. I was sooooooo happy when the sox got him and we didn’t. The guy is terrible.

    • Aaron

      I know what you’re saying with Dunn, but it’s time to put things into perspective. Dunn had an appendectomy. Look throughout sports…coming back from that type of surgery takes quite awhile. The reason is simple. Every single time he swings, he’s going to feel awkward. When you have something like that taken out, everything shifts.

      I am NOT trying to make excuses for him….he can defend himself, but to call him a bust, is ignoring one of the most consistent players in the game over the past decade. Just look at the guys numbers. He literally averages 40 hr, 100 RBI, 100 walks, and a .385+OBP. He’s one of the only guys in the game, where you could look at him, and peg him for that production and feel very confident.

      The problem is, who knows if he will ever return to those norms. However, Ridling has come back pretty well from that procedure last year.

      All I’m saying is, think about the torque involved with a swing…….now picture yourself coming back to play within a month of taking out an organ in your body…’re full of crap if you say you’d come back 100% to what you were before. It just isn’t going to happen.

      I’m willing to bet over the life of the contract, the Sox will be happy with him, but I agree, he’s playing terrible baseball right now.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I agree about appendectomies: they are brutal. I haven’t had one, but I know that in the old days (the ’70’s), such a procedure would mean that a player might miss 3-4 months. 

        I agree: he’s been wonderfully consistent up until this year. I would have liked JHendry to have signed him when the Nats did last year. Even with an appendectomy, he’s better than Carlos Pena.
        Those big contracts almost always mean a 25% cut in production. Just ask Little Milty Bradley. Throw in a change in leagues, appendectomy, and a big contract, and actually playing for a team with high expectations, and Ozzie Guillen, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an off year.

        I wish him the best: 50 HRs, 150 RBI, but all while the Sox lose 120 games . . . . .

        • Brp921

          I was for signing Dunn instead of Bradley as well. My reasoning was that he consistently had 100 RBI years, and was truly the left handed power they wanted, not a guy who switch hit and only had some power from the right side. That was before I had any idea what a complete ass Bradley was.

      • cubtex

        What?????????? LMAO. I needed a good laugh after watching the Bulls fall apart down the stretch. He is off balance because of an appendectomy..Ha ha! I had one and several teammates of mine did and that is a new one!

      • cc002600

        how did it affect Matt Holiday ?
        oooops ….

        it’s a lame excuse…..that was 6 weeks ago. If its affecting him, than he is a dumbass for playing and hurting his team….but I doubt it.

        • Aaron

          Everyone’s body is different. Everyone heals differently. Holliday happened to heal faster, and Dunn had just signed a huge contract. It was quite clear he wanted to justify it, and return quickly, and even Ozzie Guillen said he was worried he returned too fast.

          As for Dunn….I’ll take his career averages anyday, and I’d be willing to bet he’ll return to them, it’ll just take awhile, just as it did for Ridling, who like Dunn, took awhile to adjust after surgery.

          Lame excuse? Well, I don’t hear him using it as an excuse….I merely pointed it out as a possibility. 

  • Aaron

    You can mark this down that I said this….This might be one of the first trade “wins” for Hendry in quite some time. 

    Buchter wasn’t going anywhere and was a recently demoted 24 year old to high-A ball. This happens to be his 6th pro season as well, so that’s not very good.

    And while Lopez is NOT a good pitcher by any stretch, he can at least eat innings and be a swing-man. 

    This trade earn a big fat “meh” from me, but at least Hendry got rid of a guy that was blocked entirely, and was too old for his league anyhow, and got a guy with good MLB experience.

    • Ripsnorter1

      It is true: Hendry didn’t give up a thang. But the folks in Atlanta are saying the same thing, too. After all, Lopez was free . . . . .

  • paulcatanese

    And now JH is a orthopedic specalist, he knows that there is
     ” nothing to worry about” regarding Zambrano’s neck, is there
    no end to his expertise?
    On another note saw Ricketts leaving the ballpark today
    he stopped to talk to a fan and looked as though he was
    being asked a few questions as he talked more than a few minutes.

    • GaryLeeT

      Saw that on TV too. The fan was pointing to all the empty seats. I hope he told Ricketts it was Hendry’s fault.

      • paulcatanese

        Ricketts did seem to have a pained expression on his face and was backing away from the person,slowly but I could not guess what was said.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Brewers have won 6 in a row . . . .they have rocketed past the Cubs and now are in 2nd place, ahead of Dusty Eugene’s Reds, and behind LaRussa’s Cards. I just hope that the Cubs don’t get gutted by the Pittsburgh Pirates buzz saw.
    We’ve got Davis (almost a guaranteed loss) on Friday; Wells on Saturday (not expecting too much from him), and Dempster on Sunday (we don’t do too good on Sundays). It might be a sweep . . . by the Pirates. They have three good pitchers going for them: Carrea, Maholm, and Karstens. They all have ERA’s under 4.00. 

    The thing that gives us Cubbies some hope is that Campana and –pardon me–the loss of Byrd has given this team an offensive lift. We are scoring more runs lately, and that will spell doom for the Pirates. They have a great deal of trouble scoring runs. 

    • GaryLeeT

      I thought the loss of Ramirez was the reason for the offensive out burst.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I can’t admit that. That would be tantamount to saying that Blake DeWitt was our savior, and I could not stomach that kind of talk.  lol

        • GaryLeeT

          That certainly was a case of ” from bad to worse”

    • cc002600

      brewers will win the division. book it.

    • Brp921

      We have to wait and see if Quade/Hendry will play Campana or just pinch run with him.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Have ya’ll noticed . . . . ?

    The Arizona Diamondbacks–the N.I.V. Arizona Diamondbacks!–are above .500 at 25-24. They are just 2 games in back of the SF (former) Giants, and ahead of the Colorado .500 Rockies. They are 5.5 games ahead of the SD Patsies, too. This team which was supposed to be sooooooo bad because they were going with a youth movement is having a movement up in the standings, too. 

    Meanwhile the Cubs are having an old age movement with Davis, Ortiz, Lopez, et al. 

    • Tom U

      Wait until Ramon Ortiz gets promoted :-)

      • Ripsnorter1

        I have no doubts but that he will . . . . . . 

        And throw in Auggie Ojeda, Wellemeyer, Scott Moore, Lou Montenez, and other retreads, and we won’t get much younger.

        Sure, Wellemeyer retired, but JHendry tried his best to get him in a Cubs’ unform. Don’t you agree?

  • Baron_S

    Rodrigo Lopez — The 35 year old gimp with a career 4.85 career ERA?

    Hahahah — I think Hendry spends a lot of his time on —- whats next? Jason Schmidt? 

    what a moron

  • GaryLeeT

    After the up coming Pirates’ and Astros’ series, has anybody glanced at the schedule, and seen who the Cubs are playing after those teams? Cardinals, Reds, Phillies, Brewers, and Yankees. That should be all the nails the 2011 season coffin needs.

  • GaryLeeT

    Am I the only one who uses their Fred Flintstone voice to say “Barney!” whenever he does something relevant?