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Jose Lopez is headed to Japan

Dec 26, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

Jose Lopez AP

Jose Lopez is close to signing with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, according to Jon Heyman of

Lopez was an All-Star at age 22 and is still just 29 years old, but he hasn’t been a productive regular since 2009 and hit just .236 with a .615 OPS in 313 games as a part-time player during the past three seasons.

For his nine-season career Lopez is a .262 hitter with a .292 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage, which has to be among the worst production ever for someone who made an All-Star team so young. Of course, his “All-Star” season wasn’t particularly impressive, as he hit .282 with 10 homers and a .723 OPS, so it’s not as if Lopez was ever anything special.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Not a big chance for success as ‘sucking’ translates in ALL languages.

    • tuberippin - Dec 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Tell that to Matt Murton, Wladimir Balentien, and Lastings Milledge over in the NPB.

  2. kpyanc - Dec 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Wow, I wonder why Jeff Losenow didn’t snap up this ex-allstar to bolster the Astros roster.

  3. dayaman - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM


  4. Carl Hancock - Dec 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    “so it’s not as if Lopez was ever anything special.”

    He’s special enough to have played in MLB which is more than what anyone posting or commenting on hear could say.

  5. seattlenative57 - Dec 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Yes, Lopez has underperformed a majority of his MLB career. At least give him credit for hitting: .297/.322/.443 in 2008 and 25 dingers in 2009 at ages 24-25. Not totally unproductive as the post implies.

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