Phils give Lopez a minor league deal

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

If the name Rodrigo Lopez sounds familiar, it should. He pitched seven games with the Phillies back in 2009 and now, he rejoins the organization on a minor league deal.

It's that time of the off-season when a lot of teams do some sniffing around to find some players who could fill specific roles, even if it's in the minor league system.

The Phillies found a starter for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and some potential insurance for the starting rotation when they signed 37-year old Rodrigo Lopez to a one-year, minor league deal Saturday.

Lopez will receive $1-million if he's added to the major league roster.

Lopez has pitched with San Diego, Baltimore, Colorado, Arizona and the Chicago Cubs in addition to the Phillies. Coming into 2013, Lopez is 81-89 with a 4.82 ERA primarily as a starter.

The past two seasons, Lopez has pitched for the Cubs and posted a line of 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four games - two starts - with the Cubs last season. Recommended Stories

  • Notes on how the Oakland A's farmhands participating in winter and fall league baseball are faring.

  • The Oakland A's Fall Instructional League comes to a conclusion next week. Over the past three weeks, A's prospects have worked closely with A's coaches, player development and scouting staff at …

  • What direction will the Oakland A's off-season take? We have tackled this question in a series of articles over the past 10 days. In the final of this series, we look at what the A's strategy might be…

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…

  • Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.

Up Next