After spending his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, López, 27, was traded to the Colorado Rockies. The second baseman is coming off a down season in which he hit .239 and only 10 home runs. Prior to 2010, however, the Venezuelan native had two productive seasons.
Like López, the 32-year-old first baseman is going to the National League after spending his entire career on the other side. The former Tampa Bay Ray hit under the so-called Mendoza Line – he batted .196 in 2010 – but still managed to get $10 million for 2011 from the Chicago Cubs. The Lovable Losers hope the Dominican-born Peña can revert to his slugging days, and help them reach the World Series.
Catcher Víctor Martínez will spend the 2011 season with the Detroit Tigers. The native Venezuelan, who has played with the Cleveland Tigers and the Boston Red Sox, hit .302 and drove in 79 runs last season. Martínez is still one of the best-hitting catchers in the league, but suffered some injuries and will turn 32 years old later this month.
Filling the void left by Martinez's power bat is González, who was traded from his hometown San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. González, who has Mexican roots, hit 31 home runs and drove in 101 runs in 2010. The Red Sox, who also acquired Carl Crawford, hope the 28-year-old slick fielding first-baseman can help them shift the balance of power in the American League.
Yorvit Torrealba is leaving San Diego, too. The Venezuelan-born catcher signed a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, perhaps to replace veteran Bengie Molina, who is pondering retirement. Torrealba, who has spent most of his career in the National League, hit seven home runs in 2010.
That's right – Tejada is also leaving San Diego. The Dominican-born shortstop/third-baseman is going to the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The 36-year-old hit 15 home runs in 2010 and drove in 71 runs.
Infielder Juan Uribe, 31, left his heart in San Francisco. The Dominican-born veteran helped the Giants win the World Series. Uribe, who had 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in 2010, will play for the Los Angeles Dodgers next season.
The Puerto Rican hurler is taking his talents to South Beach. The Florida Marlins signed the right-handed strikeout pitcher to a one-year, $7 million contract. A move back to the National League, where he thrived for the Atlanta Braves, should make for a good new home for the 34-year-old Vázquez.
The 38-year-old Venezuelan native has had several baseball homes throughout his 11-year career. Mora had seven home runs with the Colorado Rockies in an injury-plagued 2010 season. He will replace Mark Reynolds at third base for his new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
These Latinos baseball players will try to make the most of their new surroundings in 2011.