UPDATE 8:00 p.m.:Josh Wilson has signed a major league deal with the team as well.
The Mariners just announced that Jose Lopez has been traded to the Colorado Rockies for right handed pitcher Chaz Roe.
“Chaz is a former first-round pick with a nice arm,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release.
Roe, 24, was a 32nd overall sandwich pick selected in the 2005 entry draft. He made 27 starts in Class AAA last season, going 9-13 with a 5.98 ERA.
Guess those reports about Lopez being non-tendered were premature.
This rates as somewhat higher than losing him for nothing.
Thus ends Lopez’s career with the Mariners, which began with so much promise in 2005, followed by an All-Star season in 2006. But it’s been largely downhill from there, despite some home run pop in recent years.
Lopez’s career on-base-percentage of .297 was ultimately his downfall. That’s too low for a player moved to the infield corners (for any player, really) because of a lack of exceptional defense. We’ll see whether Lopez’s plate discipline improves any in a new home ballpark that should be friendlier to his right handed swing.