Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had good things to say about reliever Wilton Lopez on Wednesday, according to Sportsnet. Lopez signed with the club during the offseason, but Anthopoulos admitted the team attempted to trade for him when he was still with Colorado. While Lopez will have to pitch well enough to earn his spot, Anthopoulos believes he's capable of helping the team right out of camp. "We definitely think he's got quite a bit of upside to make the team," Anthopoulos said. "If he's the guy he's been, he'll have a very good chance to make the team." Lopez, 31, owns a 3.54 ERA over 305 1/3 career innings.
The Blue Jays signed pitcher Wilton Lopez, first baseman Jake Fox and outfielder Caleb Gindl to minor-league deals with invitations to spring training, Sportsnet.ca reports. Lopez made four appearances with the Rockies in 2014 while also delivering a 4.57 ERA and 35:6 K:BB ratio in 43 1/3 Triple-A innings. Fox last played in the majors in 2011 and spent 2014 in Double-A, the Mexican League and the independent Atlantic League, posting a combined .309/.387/.592 line with 38 home runs and 118 RBI in 517 at-bats. Gindl made eight appearances with the Brewers in 2014 while hitting .227/.310/.354 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 362 at-bats with Triple-A Nashville.
Pitcher Wilton Lopez has elected to become a free agent. He surrendered eight earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over four appearances with the Rockies in 2014.
The Rockies have called up Rob Scahill and sent Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Sunday. Lopez was expected to head back down, but the team waited until Sunday to make the move. Scahill posted a 3.93 ERA over 34 1/3 innings in the minors.
The Rockies have promoted reliever Wilton Lopez and demoted fellow right-hander Chris Martin to Triple-A. They have also moved outfelder Michael Cuddyer to the 60-day disabled list. Lopez had been sent down last week.