July 19, 2009

The Brewers acquired veteran infielder Felipe Lopez from the Diamondbacks on Sunday in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers, outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed pitcher Roque Mercedes, the Diamondbacks announced.

In his first year with Arizona, Lopez was batting .301 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. The Brewers will be the journeyman's sixth team and fourth since the beginning of the 2008 season. He had played almost exclusively at second base with Arizona, appearing in 81 games at second base and one at DH, but has extensive experience at both shortstop and third base. The Brewers, who are in third place in the NL Central, have been without starting second baseman Rickie Weeks since he suffered a wrist injury back in May.

According to a release sent out by the Diamondbacks, Gillespie was the ninth-rated prospect in the Brewers system this year by Baseball America. The 25-year-old has been hitting .242 at Triple-A following a promotion from high Class A ball earlier this season. The 22-year-old Mercedes was 1-1 with six saves and a 1.08 ERA at high Class A ball.

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