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Giants re-sign Javier Lopez to three-year, $13 million deal

Nov 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal now for three years and $13 million, pending a physical exam next week.

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean revealed yesterday that he was very close to re-signing reliever Javier Lopez and now Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy reports that it’ll be a three-year, $13 million deal.

Last time Lopez re-signed with the Giants he got a two-year, $8.5 million contract, so he’s basically getting the same deal with an extra year added on. Not bad for a 35-year-old left-handed specialist.

Lopez has a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants, including a 1.83 ERA this year, and he’s held left-handed hitters to a sub-.200 batting average in five of the past six seasons.

Sabean and the Giants have been very busy already this offseason, re-signing Lopez and Tim Lincecum for a combined $48 million while also adding Tim Hudson to the rotation on a two-year, $23 million deal.

  1. chc4 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    3 years for an aging reliever? Sheesh, Sabean has lost his mind. He and Ruben Amaro must be pals.

  2. NYTolstoy - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Not really Lopez has been solid over the past 4 seasons and he is a left handed specialist so he isn’t going to throw 70 innings. He does one job and does it pretty damn well, and 4 million isn’t bad when other mediocre utility players are getting the same per year. Lopez has been much more valuable to the Giants then let’s say shumaker will be for the Reds for the next two years.

  3. jonirocit - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Agreed … People are to quick to complain about sabean but the market is going to show he is right in line with it . Wait till we see some of the money other teams will spend .

  4. sisqsage - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    He was going to be well paid by somebody because he is a proven lefty specialist. Might as well pay him to stay right where he is. He has been great in SF ever since the trade from Pittsburgh in 2010 that helped launch the first of two WS runs. He has done everything Bochy has asked, all in pressure situations.

  5. fasteddy415 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Before you start bashing this deal…Just think…What if the Cardinals had a left handed specialist to keep David Ortiz in check during the World Series. Good move…and instrumental in the 2 championships the Giants have won the past 4 years closing out innings against teams best left handed hitters…

  6. knowlegeforyou - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Better than the Jeremy Affeldt signing

  7. mottershead1972 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Man, I’m left handed, how bout 500K?

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