Cardinals Sign Lopez

MLB betting is going to be popular on the St. Louis Cardinals this season.

The Cardinals have a very talented team and they improved that squad by signing Felipe Lopez.  The Cardinals are 10-1 in baseball betting to win the World Series.

MLB betting had the Cardinals signing Lopez to a one-year, $1 million contract. Lopez played with Arizona and Milwaukee last MLB betting season and had very good numbers, hitting .310 with nine home runs.  He has played with St. Louis in the past and is happy to be with them again. "This has been my first choice since I played here in '08," Lopez said. "It's a great organization. I'm proud to be here. They treated me, like always, with open arms."

St. Louis has a very potent lineup and the addition of Lopez will give them even more options.  "The idea of why we went down this path was to just give Tony (La Russa) more flexibility in his lineup," general manager John Mozeliak said. "When you look at what Felipe is capable of doing, he really has the ability to play every position on the field other than pitcher and catcher, and he's a switch hitter."

Lopez may be in the starting lineup on opening day this baseball betting season at either third base or at shortstop.  Brendan Ryan is recovering well from off-season wrist surgery but the addition of Lopez gives St. Louis some insurance. "We all thought we were a little thin," La Russa said, "We just got a little heftier as far as depth. If he [signed] with us he knew he could play multiple positions and he's fine with that."

Lopez was an All-Star for Cincinnati in 2005 as MLB betting stats showed.  It is somewhat amazing he was still available on the free agent market. "I don't know that he would have been [available] if we had waited through the weekend," Mozeliak said. "We either had to do it now or relegate ourselves to, if we thought we needed that left-handed bat somewhere else, we would have had to pursue it in a trade."

MLB betting indicated that Lopez was sure happy to be with the Cardinals. “I'm excited," Lopez said. "It's been tough just waiting around. I hate it. What matters is that I'm here. I'm in a good place with people I can learn a lot from."