Rays sign Felipe Lopez

MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico -- Felipe Lopez said Wednesday that he has signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and will be attending spring training.

The infielder could net some $1 million in guaranteed salary plus $1 million in performance incentives if he makes the Rays' major league roster.

"I think I'll have a great opportunity to make the team,"
said Lopez, who lives in Orlando, Fla. "It will be very exciting to play close to my home."

Lopez, 30, had a poor season in 2010, hitting a combined .233 in 113 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. He hit .310 in 151 games with Arizona and Milwaukee in 2009.

Lopez was an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 2005, and has also played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals in his 10-year career in the majors.

He has a .266 career batting average with 88 home runs, 428 RBIs and a .336 on-base percentage.

The Rays introduced two other former Red Sox players on Tuesday: Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com.