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Brewers hope to get some punch after trading two for Arizona infielder Felipe Lopez

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Brewers hope to get some punch after trading two for Arizona infielder Felipe Lopez
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The Milwaukee Brewers traded for a solid lead-off hitter Sunday, getting infielder Felipe Lopez from the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers.


The Brewers gave up outfielder Cole Gillespie of Triple-A Nashville and reliever Roque Mercedes of Class-A Brevard County.

To make room for Lopez, third baseman Mat Gamel was sent down to Nashville. Milwaukee has been looking for a spark plug at the lead-off spot, ever since Rickie Weeks went down for the season in May with a wrist injury.

General manager Doug Melvin says the Lopez, 29, is a switch-hitter who can play third base and shortstop, as well as his primary spot at second.

He's batted .301 in 85 games for Arizona this year with six homers, 25 RBIs, 18 doubles, and a .364 on-base percentage.

Lopez could be a free agent after the season.

And if the Brewers lose him, they'd get an extra draft pick right after the first round next June. Melvin says he'll still try to deal for a pitcher, but there are not many viable options.

He has talked to Toronto about getting the much sought after Roy Halladay, but he's not sure if he'll make an offer.

Gillespie was batting .242 for Nashville after starting the year on the disabled list. Mercedes had six saves at Brevard County, with a 1-1 record and a 1.08 ERA.

Gamel was hitting .239 in 48 games for the Brewers with four homes and 16 RBIs.