The San Diego Padres have placed a waiver claim on Felipe Lopez, reports MLB.com .
Lopez was released by the Cardinals earlier this week, so the claiming was done on outright release waivers. If the Padres win the claim, which is likely, Lopez will serve as infield depth for the final games as the Pads make a push for the playoffs.
Lopez can play second, short or third base and has been known to get hot with the bat before. Even though Lopez has a .231/.310/.340 line for the Cardinals in 425 at-bats, his prior tenure in St. Louis was also as a late-season postseason acquisition. Lopez delivered in spades back in 2008, checking in with 169 PA and a scorching .385/.426/.538 mark. However, his immaturity and disregard for the game has contributed to Lopez joining his seventh team in 10 seasons.
The Padres currently have David Eckstein at second, Miguel Tejada at short and Chase Headley at third. Backups include Everth Cabrera and Jerry Hairston, Jr. although Hairston was just diagnosed with an injury that ended his season and Cabrera can't hit to save his life. In fact, it's surprising the Giants or Rockies didn't put in a claim to block the Padres.
-- Evan Brunell
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