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Competition for Lopez?

No one else has seemed that interested in Felipe Lopez while the Cardinals continue to play hard to get.

But that may be changing.

According to ESPN, the Mets may have some interest in Lopez to give their offense a bit of a boost. He could probably pretty easily take New York's second base job away from Luis Castillo who isn't a favorite of Mets fans -- not to mention the team's front office.

If the Cardinals like Lopez, they might want to stop playing games. The Mets are a bad team that plays in a high pressure atmosphere. But that might not matter to Lopez who seems to be desperate for a job the day before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Lopez wants a chance to be a starter, which may be his hangup with the Cardinals. But, not only could he win the third base job over David Freese, he would be all but guaranteed a virtual starting job as a super sub under manager Tony LaRussa.

A switch hitter, Lopez could start at second base against lefty pitchers, play some third against righties and give Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick a rest in the outfield corners. When he isn't racking up playing time in those roles, he would likely be the Birds' top pinch hitter.