Giants, Lopez deal is done pending physical

Giants sign Lopez pending physical

Giants, Lopez deal is done pending physical
November 21, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Left-hander Javier Lopez was 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 games for the Giants last season. (USATSI)

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants have an agreement in place with left-hander Javier Lopez for three years and $13 million pending a physical, sources confirmed on Thursday.

Lopez, 36, was coming off a two-year, $8.5 million deal. He gets an ever so slight bump ($4.33 million from $4.25 million) in salary. It’s the third year that mattered most to him, since his first choice was to remain with the Giants.

No word yet on if Lopez will receive any kind of no-trade protection as part of the deal. That’s likely what the two sides are resolving now.

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“Winning two World Series here and playing in front of sellout crowds every day, that’s what every player strives to do and I have that here,” Lopez told me in September.

Lopez was 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 games this past season and held left-handers to a .156 average. In three-plus years as a Giant, he’s faced 605 batters and allowed just two home runs.

The Giants are expected to announce the agreement later Thursday. They’ll have to make a corresponding roster move, since they’re at 40 after adding four minor leaguers on Wednesday to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Left-hander Jose Mijares is a prime candidate to be non-tendered, especially now that Lopez is back in the fold. So he’s the most likely subtraction.

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