We missed this yesterday, but the Milwaukee Brewers have acquired Felipe Lopez from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations in order to address their infield issues. Milwaukee had already been searching for infield help before star second baseman Rickie Weeks went down with an injury, which only further necessitated the club's need to improve its infield depth. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times first reported the deal.
Before the trade, Lopez had been splitting time between second and third base for Triple-A Durham, posting a solid .305/.357/.474 line in 48 games. He's expected to head to Triple-A Nashville at the moment, as the Brewers will be going with 25-year-old Eric Farris as the primary replacement for
While Lopez doesn't necessarily qualify as an impact acquisition, he's played extremely well in the past, and has some "pleasant surprise potential" over the final couple months of the season. He was a quality starting second baseman as recently as 2009, when he hit .310/.383/.427 while splitting time between Milwaukee and Arizona, but has struggled to continue that success over the past two seasons.