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Red Sox Sign Felipe Lopez Off Waivers

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The Red Sox have claimed Felipe Lopez off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals, and have signed the infielder to finish out the last few games of the season with the team according to a Sean McAdam tweet.

Between Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, Adrian Beltre, Mike Lowell, Lars Anderson, Victor Martinez, Yamaico Navarro, and even Bill Hall, it's hard to see what role Lopez will play with the team for the rest of the year, but it could be a sign that the team is shutting down one of the players, or possibly an incredibly fast reaction from Theo Epstein after Mike Lowell took a grounder to the head less than an hour ago. Lowell played the rest of the inning before being pulled for Lars Anderson.

Lopez, a career .266/.336/.395 hitter doesn't really fit into any of the team's long-term plans. He is, however, a Type-B free agent, and if the Sox were willing to risk a small bump in Lopez' $1,000,000 salary for a backup infielder, they could offer him arbitration and pick up a free sandwich-round pick for their troubles if he declines.

Just another instance of Epstein and the Sox leaving no stone unturned.