Red Sox add veteran Felipe Lopez

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, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

BRONX, N.Y. -- The Boston Red Sox signed Felipe Lopez on Saturday, several days after the veteran shortstop was given his unconditional release by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Lopez no longer fit in with the team's transition to younger players.

Lopez, who had been bothered by a right elbow strain earlier in the year, batted .231 with seven home runs and 36 runs batted in in 109 games.

St. Louis had signed him to a one-year, $1 million contract in February.

The 30-year-old is a career .266 hitter with 87 homers, 427 RBI and 123 steals over 10 big league seasons with Toronto, Cincinnati, Washington, Arizona, Milwaukee and two stints with the Cardinals.

To make room on the roster, the club transferred outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day disabled list.


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