Astros-Phillies deal hits a roadblock
The Astros proposed trade to send relief pitcher Wilton Lopez to the Phillies appears to have hit a stumbling block.
Lopez, who was in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a physical, remains with the Astros on Thursday. The two teams were working on a deal to send Lopez to Philadelphia in exchange for a pair of Minor League prospects, but the Astros are exploring other options.
Lopez, 29, would have been a nice addition to the Phillies bullpen. He went 6-3 with a 2.17 ERA last season in 64 games with 10 saves. He posted the lowest walks-per-innings ratio among all NL relievers (1.09) last season after setting the franchise record in 2010 by issuing only five walks in 67 innings pitched.
He missed 26 games in the middle of last season with a sprained right elbow.
– Brian McTaggart