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Jose Lopez flying to Houston on Wednesday for physical?

Dec 22, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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As noted by Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors, the Astros are close to an agreement with Jose Lopez.

“On December 26th I’m going to fly to Houston,” Lopez told reporters on Saturday in his native Venezuela. “Nothing is firm yet, but I might have to stop playing (in the Venezuelan winter leagues). Everything depends on the physical exams.”

Lopez batted just .246/.270/.356 with four homers and 28 RBI in 81 games this past season between the Indians and White Sox. The 29-year-old has not been a productive major leaguer since 2009, when he slugged 25 home runs in 153 games as the Mariners’ starting second baseman. His career on-base percentage is just .292.

Which is why this deal with the Astros will be probably be of the non-guaranteed minor league variety.

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UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says there’s “nothing going on” between the Astros and Lopez.

  1. stex52 - Dec 22, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I see Luhnow is still scraping around the bottom of the barrel.

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      You can use that stuff at the bottom to start a new culture.

  2. trllturner18 - Dec 23, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Is this the Jose Lopez that played for the Giants in like 07?

    • deepstblu - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      This man was on the Mariners in ’07 and appears to be the only MLB player ever commonly known as Jose Lopez (there have been over thirty in the minors), so I’m not sure who you’re thinking of.

      • trllturner18 - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        I was thinking of Jose Castillo

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Ballplayers who are equal to other ballplayers are equal to each other.

      - Euclid

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