I can see how it sucks for fantasy, but I don't think it's really that bad for REAL baseball value. It looks like his contract will top out at 1.2 mil. I think Lopez will still get a chance to win the job this spring. With Pokey we get a veteran guy with great defense, which might be just what our sorry staff needs. He can play both middle positions and does he play 3rd in emergencies? - so that would be a nice backup for injuries.
Either way Lopez will get to play full time somewhere. From what little I know about him, it seems like he could use some more seasoning. Why not take our time with him and not screw him up like we've seen so many times with other players. If he starts proving us wrong in AAA just call his ass up!
It's a long long season and I don't think playing it cautious puts us out of a playoff attempt.