Orlando Cabrera has chosen to accept a contract from the Reds over an offer from the Rockies which officially takes Cincinnati out of the running for Cardinals target Felipe Lopez.
The bad news is that the loss of Cabrera, who the Rockies thought would be a good choice to fill their second base hole, likely puts Colorado head to head with St. Louis for Lopez, a natural second baseman.
Cabrera chose the lowly Reds over the contending Rockies because he wanted to play shortstop. The Cardinals and Rockies need help at third and the outfield in addition to a backup at short and second.
UPDATE: On Sunday morning the Rockies announced they have signed former Orioles infielder Melvin Mora to be their utility man. It would seem that shrinks the market for Lopez whose choice seemed to be between St. Louis and Denver. The Nationals are also looking for infield help, but it would be a huge surprise if Lopez went back to the teams that released him in 2008.
Jon Heyman of si.com predicted yesterday that Lopez will end up in St. Louis, Orlando Hudson would sign with the Nationals and that Cabrera would ink with the Reds. He was right on the only one to complete a deal so far.