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Nicky Lopez received regular run as the Royals' shortstop in 2021, but his playing time trended downward following Bobby Witt's arrival, and Lopez was eventually traded to Atlanta at last year's deadline. He was dealt again in November to the White Sox as part of the package for reliever Aaron Bummer. While Lopez is severely lacking the power department -- he has never hit more than two home runs in a big-league season -- he can help real-life teams with his speed and defense around the infield. A hot spring has him positioned to open the year as the primary second baseman on the South Side, though it is difficult to envision him exceeding 500 plate appearances, even on a rebuilding club. The 29-year-old is not a bad player, but he simply does not do enough else offensively to allow his speed to play in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.

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2024 4.50.3 2 4 .132
2023 1481.6 32 1 25 26 6 .231
2022 214.51.5 51 20 29 13 .227
3y Avg. 244.51.9 54 1 29 35 14 .259
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  • White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Inefficient on basepaths early

    Lopez went 0-for-2 with a walk and was caught stealing Monday against Atlanta. Lopez has started four of the White Sox's first five games, hitting in the bottom third of the order. He's reached base just twice in 10 plate appearances, though he has attempted a stolen base on each occasion. While that aggressiveness would be a potential boost to his fantasy value, he's been caught both times.
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  • White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Working exclusively at second base

    Lopez has worked exclusively at second base early in spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Lopez has worked evenly at second base and shortstop throughout his big-league career, but the White Sox are having him focus on the latter position for the time being. Van Schouwen reports that the club envisions him and Paul DeJong as the pairing in the middle infield this season, though Lopez could still lose playing time against lefties. Since a solid 2021 campaign, his performance has slipped considerably, and he posted just a .231/.236/.307 line across 262 plate appearances in 2023.
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  • White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Agrees to terms

    Lopez agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the White Sox on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Lopez, who is an excellent defensive infielder, is expected to play somewhat regularly in the middle infield early this season, which will help Chicago's pitching staff even if it doesn't help the offense much. Once Colson Montgomery gets the call, one of Lopez or Paul DeJong will presumably move to a bench role.
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  • White Sox's Nicky Lopez: Brings versatility to Sox

    Lopez was traded from Atlanta to the White Sox on Thursday along with Michael Soroka (forearm), Jared Shuster, Braden Shewmake and Riley Gowens in exchange for Aaron Bummer. Lopez was dealt for the second time in the last five months as Atlanta looks to clear space on its 40-man roster. After handling a full-time role in 2021 and 2022, Lopez served primarily as a bench bat in 2023 and maintained only a .632 OPS. While he's shown stolen base upside in the past, Lopez managed only six steals across 262 plate appearances last season, though he could see an uptick in playing time with his new club given his ability to play across the infield.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Back on bench in Albies' return

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies. After three consecutive starts at the keystone, Lopez will shift back to the bench for Monday's series opener. He'll likely find himself in a lightly-used utility role moving forward after Atlanta brought Ozzie Albies (hamstring) back from the 10-day injured list Monday.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets. Lopez will join fellow left-handed hitter Eddie Rosario on the bench for the series finale while the Mets bring southpaw Jose Quintana to the hill. Vaughn Grissom will cover second base in place of Lopez, who has produced a pair of base hits in both of his last two starts.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Hits bench versus lefty

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets. Lopez appears to have taken over as Atlanta's primary second baseman since Ozzie Albies (hamstring) landed on the injured list last week. While starting each of the past six games, Lopez went 5-for-17 with two walks, three RBI, one run and one stolen base. Each of those starts came against right-handed pitching, but the lefty-hitting Lopez will retreat to the bench Monday in favor of Vaughn Grissom while Atlanta opposes southpaw David Peterson.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Another start at second base

    Lopez will start at second base and bat ninth Tuesday against the Yankees. Atlanta will ride the hot hand with Lopez, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's win over New York. Vaughn Grissom should also get some starts at second while Ozzie Albies (hamstring) is on the shelf, though Lopez may be the preferred option versus right-handed pitching.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Three hits, steal in win

    Lopez went 3-for-4 with three RBI, a run scored and a steal in Monday's victory over the Yankees. Lopez has been on a tear since joining Atlanta, going 7-for-10 with eight RBI through his first four games. Overall, he's slashing .241/.342/.329 with one homer, 24 runs scored, 21 RBI and five steals across 200 plate appearnces between Atlanta and Kansas City. While Lopez has mainly played a utlity role with Atlanta so far, he could see an extended run at second base with Ozzie Albies (hamstring) going on the IL.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Makes most of Saturday's start

    Lopez went 4-for-6 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and five RBI in a 21-3 rout of the Mets during the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Getting the start at shortstop and batting ninth, Lopez not only socked his first homer of the season in the ninth inning off Danny Mendick, he took the mound himself in the bottom of the frame and walked a batter over a scoreless inning of relief. Lopez's only other action so far for Atlanta since being acquired at the trade deadline was an appearance as a pinch runner Tuesday, so despite this impressive effort, at-bats will likely be few and far between down the stretch for the 28-year-old infielder.
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  • Braves' Nicky Lopez: Dealt to Atlanta

    Lopez was traded from Kansas City to Atlanta on Sunday in exchange for Taylor Hearn. Lopez recorded double-digit steals in the past two seasons, but he's had a slow start to the 2023 campaign, hitting .210 with 18 runs, 13 RBI and four steals over 67 games. The 28-year-old has defensive versatility that makes him a solid utility man, but he'll likely need to contribute more at the plate if he hopes to carve out playing time with a contending Atlanta club.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Picks up steal

    Lopez went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 8-5 extra-inning win over the Twins. The steal was Lopez's first since May 29. He's got decent speed, though he's had trouble getting on base lately, as he's hitting just .143 over 10 contests since the All-Star break. Lopez lacks an everyday place in the lineup, instead serving as depth in the infield and left field. He has a poor .210/.322/.280 slash line with four steals, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, five doubles and three triples through 67 contests, and he's yet to hit a home run this season.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Playing time trending down

    Lopez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees. Lopez will sit for the fifth time in six games and appears to be the odd man out of the lineup for Kansas City in the wake of Edward Olivares' recent return from the injured list. Considering that Lopez is slashing .194/.237/.250 thus far in July, the Royals likely won't go out of their way to include him in the lineup.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Drives in four

    Lopez went 2-for-5 with a double, four RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. Lopez tied his career-high with four RBI after he had a two-run double in the fourth followed by run scoring single and fielder's choice. Though he's only had 144 plate appearances this year, Lopez currently leads the Royals in on-base percentage (.355) and sports a career-best 14 percent walk rate. He's primarily only in the lineup against righties and is now up to a slash line of .222/.355/.308 with seven extra-base hits, 11 RBI, 14 runs and a 19:26 BB:K.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Out against lefty

    Lopez isn't in the Royals' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers. With southpaw Julio Urias set to return from his hamstring injury Saturday, the lefty-hitting Lopez will remain in the Royals' dugout to begin the game. Matt Duffy will fill in at second base and bat sixth.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Returns to lineup

    Lopez (hand) is starting at second base and batting ninth Friday against the Dodgers, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports. Lopez suffered a bruised hand after getting hit by a pitch Wednesday and sat out Thursday's game. Now, he'll return for Friday's series opener with Los Angeles and look to keep things going after posting a .600 OBP across his last four games.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Lopez (hand) is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Guardians. Lopez was lifted from Wednesday's contest against Cleveland after being hit in the right hand by a pitch. X-rays came back clean, but it's no surprise he's not in there for this one. Samad Taylor will play second base and Matt Duffy will be at third.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Has bruised right hand

    Lopez was removed from Wednesday's game with a right hand contusion. Lopez had to be removed from Wednesday's contest after taking a pitch to the hand, and he's now officially listed as day-to-day. It's possible the Royals hold Lopez out of the lineup Thursday, though it will likely depend on how the 28-year-old infielder is feeling. Lopez is slashing .128/.277/.179 since the beginning of June.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Pulled after HBP

    Lopez was removed from Wednesday's game against the Guardians after getting hit by a pitch, Jaylon T. Thompson of The Kansas City Star reports. The pitch hit Lopez's hand/wrist, and he was replaced at second base by Samad Taylor between innings. The Royals will take a closer look at Lopez and should provide more details relatively soon, but Lopez should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
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  • Royals' Nicky Lopez: Sits versus lefty

    Lopez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest with the Tigers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The lefty-hitting Lopez will take a seat against southpaw Matthew Boyd after he went 1-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts while starting the first two games of the series with Detroit. Matt Duffy will replace him at second base and bat cleanup in the series finale Wednesday.
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