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To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:25 pm
 

ButlerThe Rays are poised to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor-league deal, adding yet another ex-Red Sox.

Although, unlike Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, the signing of Lopez to a farm deal has an added wrinkle: it denies the Red Sox a chance at a supplemental first-round pick.

You see, Boston had signed Lopez after his release from the Cardinals (and refusing a waiver-claim assignment to the Padres) with just days left in the season. They did that because Lopez projected to rank as a Type B free agent, which would have netted Boston a first-round supplemental pick. All Lopez had to do was decline Boston's offer of arbitration (which he agreed to do before the team signed him) and hit the market hoping for a major league deal.

Key word: major league deal.

That's what's required to gain the pick. However, Tampa signing Lopez to a minor-league deal gives Boston nothing.

And even if Lopez makes the Opening Day roster -- a distinct possibility -- it is unlikely Boston could win a petition to be awarded a first-round supplemental pick. As Baseball Toaster founder Ken Arneson relayed via Twitter, the Blue Jays signed Type B free agent Shannon Stewart to a farm deal in 2008, and he made the Opening Day roster. Oakland did not get a first-round supplemental pick, so you have to think Boston would be in the same boat.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:12 pm
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

'Since when are the established rules of the game considered to be "loop holes" rather than good business?  this isn't fantasy league baseball but the real thing.'

Perhaps the intended irony behind my comment wasn't clear- I was commenting on the writer's suggestion that the Red Sox petition the league for a supplemental draft pick if Lopez makes the Rays roster. In other words, the Red Sox tried to be cute and sign a player they didn't need, want or care about, soley to pick up a supplemental draft pick when he left. Since the conditions necessary for that maneuver didn't work out, meaning the Red Sox are due nothing, the writer suggested they ignore reality and ask for the draft pick anyway. I guess that's good business to always have your hand out, but it comes across as greedy and entitled.




Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:11 pm
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

"Since when are the established rules of the game considered to be "loop holes" rather than good business?  this isn't fantasy league baseball but the real thing."

Like avoiding contract signing announcements until April, to avoid luxury tax? Massh*les!




Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:18 pm
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

Who cares sox have it all!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 1:17 pm
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

Are the Sawx & Devil Rays fueding???  It`s time to tweet all your baseball geeks Bob James and curse the devil rays for denying the genius Theo of an all coveted supplemental first-round pick which he could preseumeably use to draft some overhyped prospect like the pile he dumped on the Padres for A-Gone.  I`m sure seeing Manny & Damon in those silly Devil Ray unis will make people laugh, but those moves aren`t helping them. I`m sure the bandwagon Rays fans are burning all remaining Carl Crawford gear in an attempt to stay warm. Go back to calculating the projected stats of the 2011 Sawx lineup fools.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:25 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

All teams exploit the loopholes -- not just Boston.   The Sox played their cards and gambled, and the Rays called the bluff.  I'm disappointed that Theo won't get that supplemental pick (which would undoubtedly yield yet another potential superstar, given Theo's track record), but hats off to the Rays on their very shrewd business move.

Lopez will have a chance to improve upon last year's .311/.233/8/37 record in the confines of the Trop if he makes the big league team.



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:10 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

Is this something that baseball fans should be concerned with. What impact does this make on the American League East race?



Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:09 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

I stand corrected. 2 in the first round. 3 in the supplemental first round. 2 in the second round. 5 of the first 50 picks and 6 of the first 85 picks. sounds good to me.



Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:04 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

who cares? they have like 3 or 4 picks before the second round of the mlb draft even starts. got a pretty good farm system as it is anyways. i'm not losing any sleep over it.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:37 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

It's a shrewd decision. Hats off to the Rays. They did good.

I'll bet all thirty Rays fans are pleased.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:23 am
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

CryBOO-HOO,to you idot couse he''ll make it they have nobody els.and take your bluejays and go sit in the cellar cause you got nothing either.all G.M'S like to stick to other teams,yankess been to it for years.


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