Former Cardinals infielder Felipe Lopez has rejected an opportunity to sign with the Padres and instead will join the Red Sox for the rest of the 2010 regular season.
Apparently he had some no trade protection in his St. Louis contract, so he was able to block San Diego's waiver claim. Why he would want to go to the American League to face unfamaliar pitchers as he tries to rebuild his value is beyond me. But that's not nearly as stunning as the fact that Lopez had multiple offers on the table with a little bit more than a week left in the season.
Lopez got released by the Cardinals due to attitude problems including that he couldn't be bothered to show up on time for games. Apparently some teams just don't care about things like that.
But it says a lot about Lopez that he opted to go to a team that is out of the playoff running instead of to a team he could potentially help reach the post-season. Boston apparently is more interested in the draft pick it would get when Lopez signs elsewhere this winter as a free agent than it is on Lopez's contributions on the field.
If that's the case, maybe he should have signed with a team where he might have a chance to catch on in 2011. But, then again, maybe he'll decided that playing baseball for three hours a day isn't worth the hassle and he'll retire.