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Astros trade RHP Wilton Lopez to Colorado

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Wilton Lopez saved 10 games for the Astros in 2012. (US Presswire)

The Astros have traded right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named (or cash) to Colorado in exchange for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.

Lopez, 29, had a 2.17 ERA in 64 appearances for the Astros in 2012, picking up 10 saves. He's 13-13 with a 3.14 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Astros, recording 169 strikeouts in 223 2/3 innings. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.

White, 24, was a key part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Cleveland's first-round pick in 2009, White was 5-13 with a 6.03 ERA in 33 big-league games, including 30 starts. White was unhappy at being moved to the bullpen last season in Colorado. He was 2-0 with a 5.51 ERA for the Rockies last season.

Gillingham, 23, was 6-8 with a 3.66 ERA in 19 starts for low-Class A Asheville in 2012.

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