02/27/2010 10:38 AM ET
Cardinals sign free agent INF Felipe Lopez
Switch-hitting infielder was formerly a Cardinal in 2008
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent infielder Felipe Lopez to a one-year contract for the 2010 season. Lopez, 29, was formerly a member of the Cardinals in 2008, batting .385 in his 43 games with the Redbirds that season.
The switch-hitting Lopez batted a combined .310 with 9 HR's and 57 RBI in 151 games between Arizona and Milwaukee last season. His 187 hits (5th in N.L.), .310 batting average (9th in N.L.) and 38 doubles were all career highs.
"We are excited to have Felipe back in a Cardinals uniform," said Cardinals' Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak. "As a switch-hitter who can play multiple positions, he gives us tremendous versatility. We feel he's going to be a great addition to our club."
Lopez earned Player of the Month honors for the Brewers last August when he batted .325, leading the team in batting, runs scored (20), hits (37) and doubles (11) that month.
Lopez' eight-year Major League career has included stops with Toronto (2001-02), Cincinnati (2003-2006), Washington (2006-2008), St. Louis (2008), Arizona (2009) and Milwaukee (2009). He has compiled a lifetime .269 batting average, collecting 80 homers, 391 RBI and 115 stolen bases in 1,024 games.
Lopez was named to the National League All-Star team in 2005 and batted .291 with 23 homers, 34 doubles and 85 RBI that season, earning N.L. Silver Slugger honors at shortstop.
A native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Lopez was selected in the 1st round (8th player overall) of the 1998 draft by Toronto out of Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School. He played for Jose Oquendo and the Puerto Rican team in last year's World Baseball Classic.