The Diamondbacks completed the second trade of the season, sending Felipe Lopez to the Brewers for a pair of minor league, mid level prospects. This was a great move by the front office to remove a player that was everything that the team didn’t want. On the surface Lopez looks great; veteran player, .300 batting average, and reliable lead off batter.
What the stats don’t tell you is that Lopez is one of the most half hearted players that has ever donned a Diamondbacks uniform. He made little to no effort on the base path or in the field. He was routinely out of position, routinely jogged to first base, and made sure that he put himself first in every situation.
Some of the examples of Lopez’s contributions can be found in the series leading up to the trade. During the three game series against the Cardinals Lopez failed to slide into home, failed to make any effort to break up a double play, and after Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped strike three, rather than run to first and force the catcher to make a throw he simply walked back to the dugout. Molina actually appeared surprised, as he popped up ready to make the throw; instead he had to walk a few steps toward the Diamondbacks dugout to make the tag.
Lopez was the only .300 hitter the Diamondbacks had. They had no real replacement waiting in AAA to be called up, but this was addition by subtraction. On a team with most of the players having less than three years experience going through a rough season, they could not afford to have Lopez’s bad attitude affect the rest of the team. They need to have players that want to be there and want to put out their full effort every night. It should only take until the end of August for the Brewers fans to begin to realize that they only got half a player.