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Brewers trade for infielder

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Associaterd Press
July 20, 2009
— The Brewers acquired second baseman Felipe Lopez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers on Sunday, giving Milwaukee a much needed threat at the top of the order.

The 29-year-old Lopez is hitting .301 with six homers, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases in 85 games in his first season with the Diamondbacks. He can become a free agent after the season.


“Felipe is an accomplished veteran player who gives us versatility at three infield positions,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “He has been a very productive player at the top of the order with respect to both batting average and on-base percentage.”


The Diamondbacks got outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-hander Roque Mercedes.


Gillespie hit .242 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs for Triple-A Nashville. Mercedes was 1-1 with six saves and a 1.08 ERA in 29 appearances for Class A Brevard County.



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