Phillies close to acquiring RHP Wilton Lopez from Astros

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Philadelphia is believed to be "on the verge" of acquiring the late-inning reliever from Houston.

The Philadelphia Phillies are nearing a deal to acquire right-hander Wilton Lopez from the Houston Astros, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:

The Phillies may be on the verge of trading for a late-game relief pitcher. Baseball sources say the team is in serious talks with the Houston Astros about acquiring righthander Wilton Lopez...

If the Phillies land Lopez, he could set up for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Lopez, 29, has pitched in relief for the Astros the four seasons, posting a 2.64 ERA and 5.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio over the last three. The right-handed sinkerballer does not get a lot of swings and misses, but he almost never allows a free pass (1.4 BB/9) and has a career ground-ball rate of 55.9 percent.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Astros will likely receive a prospect or two in return for Lopez, who is under team control for another three seasons.

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