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What the Red Sox will pay Felipe Lopez

09.25.10 at 2:38 pm ET

NEW YORK — The Red Sox‘ deal with Felipe Lopez, according to a major league source, pays him what he would have made over the duration of his contract with the Cardinals after St. Louis released him earlier in the week. Lopez was playing on a one-year, $1 million deal with St. Louis this season.

When Lopez elected free agency rather than accepting the Padres’ claim of him on release waivers, he forfeited the remainder of his deal (in the vicinity of $50,000). So, the Sox signed him for that amount, and he will now spend the last week and a half with Boston, giving him an opportunity to familiarize himself with the Sox and for the club to get to know him as he prepares for free agency this offseason.

And, there is a chance that he could qualify as a Type B free agent, meaning that if the Sox were to offer him arbitration and Lopez were to reject it before signing with another club, he would net the Sox a supplemental first round draft pick.

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