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Indians sign Jose Lopez to minor-league contract

Dec 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

Jose Lopez

UPDATE: Done deal. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Lopez has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot on Cleveland’s bench.

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Cleveland has had “serious discussions” with free agent Jose Lopez, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Once upon a time Lopez was a promising young infielder, but he’s hit just .233 with a .263 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage in 232 games during the past two seasons and was let go for nothing by both the Rockies and Marlins this year.

He’s still just 28 years old and could be useful as a right-handed-hitting platoon partner for left-handed-hitting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, but Lopez has fallen a long way since his All-Star days and might be available on a minor-league contract.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    “No, no, this isn’t a joke. We’re an MLB team, and we want to sign you. These are serious discussions.”

  2. djpostl - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    This guy had high upside but he is the shining example of how Latin players say “you can’t walk off an island”.

  3. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Sigh…

  4. Kyle - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Good luck with that one, Indians.

  5. dwrek5 - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Positive Patty time… Kipinis, Lonnie, and Hannahan are all lefty hitters. Theres potential for some platooning there, though Donald is in the mix of course. Not huge, but there is a role he can fill. 278/312/400, 107 OPS+ career vs lefties.
    Graspin here…

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