It's been an easy transition in the first weeks since coming to Milwaukee from Arizona. I know a lot of people with the Brewers, and I've been able to keep similar roles to the ones I had with the Diamondbacks: hitting leadoff and playing second base. Being able to continue to play in those two roles here has helped in the transition.

Though I was traded in July, I guess that I'm not a classic case of a deadline deal. I wasn't traded right at the deadline. I don't think it would have mattered if I was or not. I was ready for whatever. In Arizona, I kind of knew I was going to get traded.

This isn't the first time I've been traded, nor is it the first I've been traded midseason. Last year, I started with Washington before getting traded to St. Louis. Having that experience really helps. This is a similar situation in that I've gone from a team with a losing record to a winning team. I like to be on the contending side, so I'm just glad the people here appreciate what I do and decided to bring me here. It's flattering.

I also was traded during the season in 2006, going from the Reds to the Nationals. That trade didn't put me in a contending situation like these last two trades, though.

Having played for St. Louis and Cincinnati, I have a familiarity with this division. But I'm really just glad I stayed in the National League because I have a strong familiarity with the teams and the pitchers. That's really the key. You have a sense of what guys here throw and what they have, including their tendencies.

The Brewers organization has also helped make it an easy transition off the field. They made it easier by helping me with some living options in Milwaukee. It's very helpful when the ballclub helps a player with that sort of thing and allows him to keep his focus on the field.

I made a lot of friends in Arizona, though. I go on the Diamondbacks' Web site and see what the guys over there are doing. They're still my friends, and I like to see them do well. If I see that one of them is struggling, I'll call and wish them well. I'm just that kind of person. I like to help out when I can.

But, overall, I feel comfortable in Milwaukee, and I'm excited about the opportunity to contribute on a good club.

Veteran infielder Felipe Lopez, who is closing in on his 1,000th career game, is hitting .311 with a .378 on-base average and 11 runs scored in 19 games with Milwaukee after batting .301 in 85 games with the D-backs to start the season.