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Red Sox trade Lopez to Rockies
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03/18/2003  1:12 PM ET 
Red Sox trade Lopez to Rockies
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- An impressive Spring Training wasn't enough to keep Javier Lopez in a crowded Red Sox bullpen. The Sox dealt the side-winding left-hander to the Colorado Rockies Tuesday for a player to be named later.

Lopez was selected by the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 Draft. If he didn't make the Opening Day roster, the rules dictated that he would have to be returned to the Diamondbacks for $25,000.

The 25-year-old native of Fairfax, Va. posted a 1.35 ERA in seven exhibition outings.

However, in recent days, manager Grady Little said that he was looking for 10th and 11th pitchers who could go a few innings in a game. Lopez was seen more as a left-handed specialist.

His departure increases the chances of fellow Rule 5 left-hander Matt White to make the team. White -- scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Twins -- didn't allow a run in his first five outings of the spring.

Lopez has never pitched above Double-A.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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