To be fair, Jose Lopez hasn’t had much time to deal with being asked to move from second base to third – and few big league players like moving.
Lopez came up, remember, as the Seattle Mariners shortstop of the future, and was summarily shoved over to second when it became clear he had limited range. Now, he’s on the move again.
Yes, he’s a bit sensitive. And yes, in drills today he didn’t look like a man who’s heart was in it while taking grounders at third base.
The Mariners understand and will give the experiment, which has Chone Figgins at second base, time. In time, Lopez may come to understand his future with the club isn’t at second – so he might want to embrace third with more passion.
At the moment, he’s dropping as many balls as he is catching. Once the sting of moving fades, Lopez may look like a big league player again in the field.
One can hope.