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Javier Lopez | Relief Pitcher | #49

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/11/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Virginia
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 4 (0) / ARZ

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Free agent LHP Javier Lopez retired.
"More than anything, it’s just time. It’s a young man’s game," Lopez said. "Although I think I can compete, it’s getting harder and harder to get ready for spring." As of early November, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo was reporting that Lopez hoped to pitch in 2017 and was soliciting offers from MLB clubs. Nothing came through to his liking on that front, though, and Lopez can now look back on a big league career in which he posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 358/235 K/BB ratio over 533 1/3 frames. He spent time with the Giants, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Rockies. While with the Giants, Lopez was part of three World Series teams. He also won a ring with the Red Sox in 2007. Wed, Feb 8, 2017 04:47:00 PM
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Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Javier Lopez is "actively soliciting offers" from teams and expects to pitch in 2017 if he finds the right fit.

There has been some speculation about Lopez opting for retirement, but it sounds like he'll be back for at least one more season. The 39-year-old has pitched for the Giants since coming over from the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2010. He made 65 appearances this past season while posting a 4.05 ERA and 15/15 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. Lopez held left-handed batters to a .208/.315/.312 batting line.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Javier Lopez said late Tuesday that he wants to continue his playing career.

"If I have the opportunity to come back, I'll welcome that," the 39-year-old lefty told reporters after the Giants' loss to the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS. Lopez posted an ugly 4.05 ERA in 26 2/3 innings during the regular season and he walked the one batter he faced in San Francisco's nightmare of a ninth inning Tuesday. There will probably be offers, though maybe not from the Giants.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 01:06:00 AM

Javier Lopez (biceps) faced four batters Tuesday in his first Cactus League appearance.

Lopez retired the first two Padres hitters he faced, but he then issued a walk to Will Venable and a single to Matt Kemp before being removed from the game. The left-hander had been slowed in Giants camp by some mild biceps tendinitis. He should be 100 percent by the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 07:37:00 PM

Javier Lopez (biceps) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.

Lopez has been slowed this spring by some mild left biceps tendinitis. He said Monday that he feels good.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 03:11:00 PM

Javier Lopez (biceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

Lopez has yet to pitch his spring as he has been dealing with mild tendinitis in his right biceps. The veteran southpaw believes that he is fine though and should be ready for game action in a couple of days.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 11:35:00 AM

Giants re-signed LHP Javier Lopez to a three-year, $13 million contract.

Lopez agreed to these terms last week pending a physical and guaranteed language clean up. He'll make $4 million in 2014-'15 and $5 million in 2016. The left-hander earned $4.25 million in 2013 while posting a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. This pact will take him through his age-38 season.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 08:27:00 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants and left-hander have agreed to a three-year, $13 million contract, pending a physical.

This confirms reports from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Bay Area Sports Guy. Lopez's physical is scheduled for next week, so an official announcement is likely a few days away.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Javier Lopez's three-year, $13 million contract with the Giants is currently being worked on to clean up guaranteed language and is pending a physical, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

In other words, an official announcement is imminent. The deal was first reported on Wednesday. Lopez earned $4.25 million in 2013 while posting a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. This pact will take him through his age-38 season. Rosenthal adds that the Giants are still pursuing another starting pitcher.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 02:51:00 PM

According to Bay Area Sports Guy, the Giants have re-signed reliever Javier Lopez to a three-year, $13 million contract.

This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Lopez earned $4.25 million in 2013 while posting a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings. He was able to parlay that success into a deal that will go through his age-38 season.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 01:34:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that Javier Lopez's new contract with the Giants will likely be for three years.

It isn't a done deal yet, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that the two sides were "close" to a multi-year agreement. Three years is a big risk for any reliever, but the Giants were forced to go there with Lopez drawing strong interest as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:37:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants and Javier Lopez are "close" to agreeing to a multi-year deal.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean told reporters Tuesday that the two sides were "fully engaged" and Rosenthal hears that they are just working out the final details. With a 2.36 ERA over the past four seasons, the 36-year-old has established himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the majors. The Nationals and Yankees were among the other interested teams.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Tuesday that the club is "fully engaged" in talks with free agent reliever Javier Lopez.

While the Giants hope to re-sign Lopez soon, it looks like they'll have competition from the Nationals and Yankees. The 36-year-old southpaw posted a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 02:43:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees and Javier Lopez have "expressed mutual interest" in preliminary talks.

The Bombers are looking for some left-handed relief help in case they're unable to re-sign Boone Logan. Lopez would certainly be a nice addition, as he's arguably the best southpaw reliever on the market. He posted a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings for the Giants in 2013.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have reached out to free agent reliever Javier Lopez.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo got in touch with Lopez's agent via text message and there is "mutual interest" in a possible deal. The two sides haven't talked since the initial communication, but they should at some point down the road. Lopez, 36, posted a 1.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings in 2013.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 03:01:00 PM

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