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Jose Lopez signs with Japanese team for $911,000

Jan 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

Jose Lopez AP

Making official what was reported last week, Jose Lopez has signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

According to the Associated Press he’ll get $911,000, which is less than most former major leaguers heading to Japan typically receive and suggests Lopez couldn’t find anything more than a minor-league deal in America.

And that makes sense, because despite some early hope that he’d develop into an impact player (and an odd All-Star appearance in 2006) Lopez has been pretty terrible for years now, hitting .236 with a .615 OPS during the past three seasons.

  1. stex52 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I’m surprised the Astros didn’t sign him up for DH.

    • stex52 - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      He fits their player model. He’s not good but he’s cheap.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Keep your head up Suzie. It’s gonna get better.

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