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Javy Lopez | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (43) / 11/5/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Braves reassigned catcher Javy Lopez to minor league camp.
Lopez told the team he planned to retire entering camp. The 37-year-old entered camp as the favorite to back up Brian McCann, but he hit just .188/.270/.406 in 32 at-bats and proved to be the weakest defender among the four choices in camp. Now the Braves will pick from Clint Sammons, Corky Miller or Brayan Pena. Pena is also a below average defender, so the other two would seem to have the advantage. Sat, Mar 22, 2008 01:13:00 PM

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Javy Lopez hit his second homer of the spring and walked Monday in two plate appearances against the Cardinals.

Lopez is 3-for-14 with a couple of walks. He remains the favorite to act as the backup for Brian McCann in Atlanta.
Mon, Mar 10, 2008 04:02:00 PM

Javy Lopez had a two-run homer off Esteban Loaiza, a sac fly and a walk Friday in the Braves' 10-3 win over the Dodgers.

Now that he's willing to accept a backup role, Lopez looks like the favorite to play behind Brian McCann in Atlanta. As often as McCann figures to play, Lopez probably won't be one of the better $1 catchers. Still, McCann owners may want him for protection.
Fri, Feb 29, 2008 04:35:00 PM

Braves signed catcher Javy Lopez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Lopez, who starred from the Braves from 1992-2003, was out of the league last year after being cut by the Rockies in mid-March. He'll compete with Clint Sammons and Brayan Pena for a spot backing up Brian McCann in Atlanta. Perhaps he can still be useful enough against lefties to contribute in a limited role.
Mon, Dec 17, 2007 04:35:00 PM

Unless the Braves want him as a backup, Javy Lopez, who received his release from the Rockies, could decide to retire.

"I don't think I'll go anywhere else as a backup," he said. "The way I feel, I can easily be an everyday catcher. If I'm not an everyday catcher, I'd rather not play this year or retire." Lopez also made it clear he's not interested in becoming a DH in the AL. The Braves are set to go with Brayan Pena behind Brian McCann, so they may not have any interest.
Mon, Mar 12, 2007 03:15:00 PM

Rockies released catcher Javy Lopez.

It's no surprise that Lopez failed to make the Rockies, but the early departure was unexpected. Lopez was 6-for-16 with four doubles this spring, so it wasn't about his offense. With Yorvit Torrealba proving his shoulder is healthy enough to allow him to split time with Chris Iannetta, the Rockies may have decided it was best to let Lopez find himself another team.
Mon, Mar 12, 2007 02:27:00 PM

Rockies signed catcher Javy Lopez to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

The contract isn't guaranteed, so the Rockies would owe him just a fraction of the salary if they cut him in spring training. If Lopez makes the team, his salary will be boosted to $1 million and he'll have a chance to make $600,000 in incentives. Lopez was brutal during his time with the Red Sox, but his .265/.314/.412 line in 279 at-bats with the Orioles last season suggests he still has a little something left. While he's currently third on the Rockies' depth chart at catcher, there is the chance that a good spring could earn him the start on Opening Day.
Tue, Jan 9, 2007 04:02:00 PM

The Rockies are close to signing free agent Javy Lopez to a partially guaranteed one-year deal.

Lopez will get a 40-man roster spot, but he won't get his full salary if he's cut in spring training. The addition of Lopez will force Sal Fasano and Sandy Alomar Jr. to seek employment elsewhere.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jan 6, 2007 02:09:00 AM

The Rockies are far into discussions with Javy Lopez and Sal Fasano in their attempt to land a third catcher.

A less likely possibility is Sandy Alomar Jr. "Nothing is finalized, but we continue to make progress," said Lopez's agent, Chuck Berry.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jan 5, 2007 12:00:00 PM

Agent Chuck Berry is conitinuing to talk with the Rockies about free agent Javy Lopez.

Berry said his client is not "afraid to compete for a job." Still, Lopez may be trying to hold out for a major league contract, with the Rockies offering a minor league deal instead.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Dec 29, 2006 10:20:00 AM

The Rockies are talking to free-agent catchers Javy Lopez and Sal Fasano.

The club still isn't completely confident that Yorvit Torrealba's shoulder will allow him to catch, so they'd like to add one more experienced backstop. Lopez, who failed to catch on with another team after being released by the Red Sox in September, could be considering retirement.
Sat, Dec 23, 2006 12:17:00 PM

Red Sox released catcher Javy Lopez.

But we never got to see Javier Lopez throw to him. Surely the Red Sox could have set that up just once. According to manager Terry Francona, Lopez was released so that he might have a chance to catch on with another team for the final few weeks. The Red Sox weren't going to have any playing time for him with Jason Varitek back.
Fri, Sep 8, 2006 06:25:00 PM

Javy Lopez said Friday that he believes the Orioles misled him about his role on the team and a possible contract extension.

"I told them that in order for me to play first base, I needed insurance, an extension," Lopez said. They told me they were going to talk about an extension during spring training. The fact is they never came to me for an extension." Asked about Lopez's allegations, vice president Jim Duquette said, "As usual, Javy seems to have a warped sense of the details."
Sat, Aug 12, 2006 09:24:00 AM

Javy Lopez went 0-for-5 and grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded as the Red Sox lost by three runs tonight.

If only the Devil Rays could have found a way to hold up the trade. Not only was Lopez brutal offensively, but he failed to gun down Greg Norton at second on a busted hit-and-run in the eighth, an inning in which the Rays went on to score three runs. It was an easy throw that a major league catcher should have had no trouble making, but Lopez airmailed it. If he doesn't get much better soon, the Red Sox are going to give Doug Mirabelli most of the starts behind the plate when he returns from an ankle injury.
Sat, Aug 5, 2006 10:58:00 PM

Javy Lopez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his Red Sox debut on Friday.

Doug Mirabelli injured his ankle in the first inning and was later pulled for Lopez in the third. It didn't look serious, but Lopez will probably get the start tomorrow.
Fri, Aug 4, 2006 11:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
8Luis Avilan
9Jonny Venters
10Cory Gearrin