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12/11/08 2:05 PM EST

D-backs land Lopez for second base

One-year contract is worth $3.5 million, pending a physical

LAS VEGAS -- The D-backs landed themselves a second baseman when they agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $3.5 million with free agent Felipe Lopez on Thursday.

According to an industry source, the agreement is pending a physical, which Lopez is expected to take on Friday.

D-backs officials declined to confirm or deny the agreement, with assistant general manager Peter Woodfork saying the club does not comment until a deal is completed.

Lopez would take the place of free agent Orlando Hudson, who is expected to sign elsewhere.

The 28-year-old Lopez hit .283 with a .343 on-base percentage last year with the Nationals and Cardinals. A switch-hitter, he can play any position in the infield and has also played both corners in the outfield.

Lopez made $4.9 million last season. He hit just .234 before being released by the Nats on July 31. Less than a week later, the Cardinals signed him and he hit .385 for the Redbirds.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.