Lopez is just 27 but regressed significantly from his previous below-average levels in 2010, hitting .239/.270/.339 in 622 plate appearances. Lopez also saw his $4.5 million option for 2011 declined, but this breaks him apart from the team entirely as he was still arbitration-eligible and would have received a raise (even if slight) from his 2010 salary of $2.3 million had he accepted.
Lopez will likely find the going in free agency tough, as no one is going to commit dollars to who was among the worst players in the 2010 season and has trouble with conditioning. He may have to settle for a minor-league contract, but there's not enough middle infield supply to meet demand, so he may end up doing reasonably well.
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