Phillies break off trade talks for Astros' Wilton Lopez

Posted: November 30, 2012

The Phillies are still searching for an eighth-inning setup man after their trade talks for Houston's Wilton Lopez were halted Thursday.

Lopez, a 29-year-old righthander from Nicaragua, had visited Philadelphia for a physical Wednesday, according to two baseball sources. Those same sources indicated Thursday that the trade talks with the Astros were over.

The cause of the breakdown was not known, but Lopez did experience some tightness in his elbow at the end of July last season. It's possible that the physical revealed some issues that made the Phillies uncomfortable.

The Phillies will not comment on any trades until they have been completed, and this one obviously was not.

With the winter meetings scheduled to begin next week in Nashville, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will still be in search of a veteran reliever capable of handling the eighth-inning role.

Mike Adams and Joakim Soria are among the free-agent relievers available.


Phillies Spring Training on TV

Here is the Phillies 2013 spring training TV schedule:

FEBRUARY

23 HOU. . . 1:05, CSN

24 at DET (Lakeland). . . 1:05

25 DET. . . 1:05, TCN

26 NYY. . . 1:05, TCN

27 at MIN (Ft. Myers). . . TBD

28 ATL. . . 1:05, TCN

MARCH

1 at NYY (Tampa). . . TBD

2 at TOR (Dunedin). . . 1:05

3 TOR (ss). . . 1:05, CSN

4 at PIT (Bradenton). . . TBD

5 Dominican Republic. . . 1:05, TCN

6 WAS. . . 1:05, TCN

7 MIN. . . 1:05, TCN

8 at TB (Port Charlotte). . . TBD

9 TB. . . 1:05, CSN

10 at HOU (Kissimmee). . . 1:05

12 DET. . . 1:05, TCN

13 at NYY (Tampa). . . TBD

14 PIT. . . 1:05, TCN

15 at TB (Port Charlotte). . . TBD

16 at NYY (ss) (Tampa). . . 1:05

17 BAL (ss). . . 1:05, PHL17

18 at ATL (Lake Buena Vista). . . TBD

19 NYY. . . 1:05, TCN

21 at BOS (Ft. Myers). . . TBD

22 ATL. . . 1:05, TCN

23 at BAL (Sarasota). . . 1:05

24 BOS. . . 1:05, PHL17

25 at TOR (Dunedin). . . TBD

26 TB. . . 1:05, TCN

27 at DET (Lakeland). . . TBD

28 TOR. . . 1:05, TCN

29 TOR (Citizens Bank Park). . . 7:05, TCN

30 TOR (CBP). . . 1:05, PHL17


 

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