Felipe Lopez and the Washington Nationals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.9 million, one-year deal on Monday. They compromised on both ends, with Lopez asking for $4.1 million when he filed, while the Nationals submitted a $3.7 million offer, giving him a $1.2 million raise from last season's salary.
After playing at short for most of his big league career, Lopez will move to second base in 2007 and is expected to be the Nats' lead off hitter. He batted .274 overall in 2006, with 11 homers, 52 RBIs and 44 steals after being acquired by Washington in July in a trade with Cincinnati.
Lopez's best season came with the Reds in his 2005 All-Star year, where he hit .291 with 23 homers and 85 RBIs.
Source: FOX Sports