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Indians designate Jose Lopez for assignment

Aug 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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It’s not clear why Cleveland gave Jose Lopez this long of a leash considering this is the third straight season in which he’s failed to crack a .700 OPS, but the Indians finally saw enough and designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Lopez hit just .249 with four homers and a .639 OPS in 66 games, including .192 in the second half. He’s still just 28 years old, but Lopez hasn’t been a productive regular since 2009 and hasn’t shown that he’s capable of being useful in a part-time role.

Cleveland cut Lopez in order to add an extra reliever in right-hander Frank Herrmann, who was called up from Triple-A.

  1. localbandhero - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    the slaughter continues.

    With all the drops CLE has made it’s clear that a few more drops need to be made on the office side.

  2. nineroutsider - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Could you release a few decent righty relievers too?

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