Yesterday, the Philadelphia Phillies were on the verge of trading for reliever Wilton Lopez. Lopez was to be sent over from the Houston Astros pending a physical. However, after the physical, the deal failed to go through. It hasn't been killed altogether, but it seems unlikely that Philadelphia would make the acquisition now.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the physical may have revealed a continuing problem with Lopez's elbow. Lopez missed time this past season due to an elbow injury.
Lopez was in Philadelphia for a physical exam on Wednesday. The results of that exam were not known -- Phillies officials never comment on proposed deals -- but it’s worth noting that the 29-year-old right-hander missed time with an elbow injury in 2012.Lopez is 29 years old and has been in the league four years. He is arbitration eligible for the 2013 season and can't become a free agent until the 2016 season. He has been a solid reliever so far in his career, and would have come relatively cheap. He made just $515,500 in 2012.
Lopez has a career 3.14 ERA. In 2012, he pithed in less games, 64 total, but he still managed to post a sparkling 2.17 ERA. Regardless, the deal to the Phillies seems dead because of concerns about his elbow. Lopez suffered a sprained right elbow in June and landed on the 15-day DL.