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Marlins ink former All-Star Jose Lopez to minor league deal

Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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According to the New Orleans Zephyrs’ official Twitter feed, the Marlins reached agreement on a minor league contract Thursday morning with infielder Jose Lopez and assigned him to Triple-A.

Lopez was cut loose by the Rockies earlier this week after batting just .208/.233/.288 with two home runs and six total extra-base hits in 129 plate appearances. Colorado is on the hook for the rest of the $3.6 million salary that he is owed this season.

The Marlins have settled on Gregg Dobbs as their starter at third base after playing with a few different looks during spring training. Dobbs has played performed well defensively and at the plate, but the Fish could be open to giving Lopez a shot as a bench player if he gets off to a strong start down in New Orleans, where he reported Thursday night.

Lopez, 27, slugged 25 homers and tallied 96 RBI in 2009 for the Mariners and was named an All-Star in 2006. That said, he has a poor .690 career OPS and is not a strong defender at second or third base.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Stocking JAX is all. If he makes it back up it’s gravy, and right now the Feesh are looking pretty desperate. They’re having another bad night tonight – looks like eight skunks in a row about to happen.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Coda: the Feesh opened up with heavy artillery tonight and scored a pair of runs on seven hits, which unfortunately was one run less than the Braves scored with their seven hits. Once again the Braves played fillet and release with the Feesh tonight, and the Teal Tootsierolls have now dropped eight in a row. Time to go concentrate on the Heat game.

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