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J. Lopez Trade Is Completed

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By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 5, 2006

BALTIMORE, Aug. 4 -- The Baltimore Orioles completed their trade of Javy Lopez on Friday, sending the catcher and approximately $1 million to Boston for a player to be named.

"We think it's a good baseball trade," Orioles Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan said. "Javy was going to have diminished playing time here."

Perhaps the person most affected by the trade is pitcher Rodrigo Lopez, who had used Javy Lopez as his personal catcher.

"Javy helped me a lot in getting back on track," Rodrigo Lopez said. "But I think I feel confidence in myself that I can do my game plan."

Javy Lopez seemed relieved to be out of Baltimore.

"None of the things they told me happened since Day One," Lopez told Boston reporters. "They told me I was going to be the first baseman since they signed Ramon [Hernandez], among other things. They told me I might get an extension, I never got it. They told me I might catch often, once in awhile. Until Rodrigo lost seven in a row, then I started catching Rodrigo once a week. Never got to play first base after playing first base almost every day in spring training. All that happened at the same time and really frustrated me."

The player to be named, believed to be outfielder Adam Stern, reportedly was claimed while passing through waivers, meaning the Orioles would have to wait until the offseason to acquire him.

To replace Lopez on the roster, the Orioles signed free agent catcher Chris Widger. . . .

The Orioles placed pitcher Kris Benson (sore right elbow) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 26. Benson, who can come off the DL on Aug. 10, likely will pitch next weekend in Boston.

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