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Lopez signing now official



UPDATE, 4:35: And the Rays have made it official on Lopez.

DEVELOPING: Our report on the expected signing of veteran infielder Felipe Lopez to a minor-league deal has been confirmed by's Enrique Rojas, who has details on the deal and a quote from Lopez. The Rays have not made an announcement yet.

According to Rojas' report, Lopez would have a $1-million salary if he plays for the Rays, and could add another $1-million in incentives.

Lopez, who lives in the Orlando area, told Rojas (via Google translation): "I think I'll have a great opportunity to make the team, it will be exciting to play near my home.''

The Rays have plans for a relatively inexperienced middle infield, with Reid Brignac taking over at shortstop and Sean Rodriguez in line for extensive playing time at second (possibly sharing with Ben Zobrist) and Elliot Johnson as the backup.


[Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 12:15am]


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