D-backs seal $3.5M contract with INF Lopez

Updated: December 13, 2008, 12:40 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Free-agent infielder Felipe Lopez and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their $3.5 million, one-year contract on Friday.

"We feel that Felipe fits our club well," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "He is a switch hitter with an ability to impact the game with power, speed and defense."

By adding Lopez, the Diamondbacks fill a hole left when three-time Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson became a free agent. Hudson missed time late last season with a wrist injury that required surgery.

The 28-year-old Lopez has spent eight seasons in the majors and split this year between Washington and St. Louis. He batted .283 with six homers and 46 RBIs in 143 games.

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