1/19 Cubs sign Rodrigo Lopez

The Cubs have signed Rodrigo Lopez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. A Mexican baseball magazine first reported the signing. Last January, Lopez, 36, signed with the Braves but did not make the roster out of Spring Training. He was traded to the Cubs in May, and pitched in long relief and made 16 starts. He was 6-6 with a 4.42 ERA in 26 games. In a four-game stretch June 28-July 18, Lopez was 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA, posting three quality starts.

The Cubs are expected to announce all the non-roster invitees next week.

— Carrie Muskat 

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Hmmm… a .500 pitcher with an era of 4.42. Heck if it wasn’t for his low salary we could be talking about Dempster. Wait a minute, wasn’t Jim Hendry’s “guy” Dempster UNDER .500 at 10-14 with a 4.80 era? THAT’S got 14 million wrtten all over it. We can only be grateful that Hendry didn’t sign Dempster for longer than he did. The day Soriano is gone and Dempster is relagated to the 4th slot (or gone as well) can’t get here soon enough and Epstein is just the man to make it happen.

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