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Jose Lopez and $3.6 million salary designated for assignment by Rockies

May 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Back in December the Mariners were expected to non-tender Jose Lopez rather than risk giving him a raise on last year’s $3 million salary via arbitration following a season in which he hit just .239 with a ghastly .279 on-base percentage and .609 OPS.

Instead the Rockies stepped in at the last minute and traded minor-league pitcher Chaz Roe to the Mariners for Lopez, tendering him a contract and eventually settling on a $3.6 million salary for 2011.

Lopez has been even worse in Colorado, hitting just .208 with a .233 on-base percentage and .521 OPS through 38 games, and now the Rockies have designated him for assignment.

Because he’s still owed about $2.5 million Lopez is highly unlikely to be claimed off waivers, which means the Rockies will likely stash him at Triple-A or eat most of that salary to facilitate a trade. He was an All-Star at age 22, but Lopez now looks washed up at age 27.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - May 27, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Is it wrong that I kind of want the Twins to take a flier on him?

    Right-handed pop–if he remembers how to hit–would be a nice addition to the lineup?!

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