Tag:Jose Lopez
Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:54 pm
 

M's decline options on Bedard, Branyan, Lopez

Erik Bedard The Mariners have declined their options on left-hander Erik Bedard, Russell Branyan and infielder Jose Lopez.

The Mariners had an $8 million option on Bedard with a $250,000 buyout. He made $1.5 million this year and made just one rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma in 2010. The team may try to bring him back at a much lower rate.

Branyan was due $5 million. The first baseman was acquired in a trade with the Indians in June. He played in 57 games for the Mariners, hitting .215/.319/.483 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI.

Lopez, who had a $4.5 million option with a $250,000 buyout, is eligible for arbitration, if the Mariners desire. However, the team already has Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley coming, so he would unlikely be an option for a team that's going to be watching every penny and expecting another rough year. The Denver Post 's Troy Renck notes (via Twitter ) the Rockies have interest in Lopez.

The Mariners had already declined their option on right-hander Ian Snell.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:30 pm
 

M's Lopez goes on homer tear

Jose Lopez
What got into Jose Lopez?

In a meaningless game in Toronto on Wednesday night, the Seattle second baseman, who entered the night with seven home runs on the season, tore off three in a span of five innings. He hit a solo shot off starter Kyle Drabek in the third, another solo shot in the sixth against Brian Tallet and a two-run homer against Shawn Camp in the eighth. All three went to left field.

Lopez is in theory auditioning for his next job -- the Mariners are highly unlikely to exercise their $4.5 million option on him for next season -- but hasn't been putting on much of a show. His season line entering Wednesday was .234/.264/.319, giving him a .582 OPS that's the second-lowest among all qualified players in the American League. He was batting an amazingly bad .169/.189/.197 in September and hadn't hit a home run since August 16.

Wednesday's outburst will make his numbers look a little more respectable, but Lopez is still likely to find the job market chilly this winter.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:48 pm
 

Mariners demote Smoak

Justin Smoak
It's hard to imagine things being any worse in Seattle, where the Mariners need to win Saturday night to avoid setting a record for most losses in a month in franchise history (which is saying something -- this is a franchise that has been through some rough months).

Now first baseman Justin Smoak, the centerpiece of their trade of Cliff Lee, the future cornerstone of the offense, is headed to Triple-A. Smoak was batting just .209 as a Ranger, and has been digging new depths at the plate since the trade. His Seattle numbers are truly ugly: .159/.169/.270.

He's been getting some time off as manager Don Wakamatsu talks about trying to relieve some of the pressure on him, and this move would signal that Smoak is really feeling the heat -- unless it would damage him mentally, there's zero downside to letting Smoak play out the season for a team that's beyond dead, no matter what his numbers are. Smoak has been working on some adjustments to his swing, and the Mariners apparently think he's better off doing that on the smaller stage (and against the lesser pitching) of Triple-A.

Also Saturday, the Mariners placed Milton Bradley on the disabled list. He's been battling a sore knee.

The moves could signal that the Mariners were clearing roster room for a potential trade (they've talked about moving Jose Lopez, David Aardsma and Brandon League), but they immediately replaced Smoak and Bradley on the roster with Sean White and Matt Tuiasosopo.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 5:12 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 5:13 pm
 

M's Lopez could be option for Tigers

Jose Lopez The Tigers are in need of a third baseman after Brandon Inge went on the disabled list with a broken hand.

The Mariners have a third baseman on his way out the door who they wouldn't mind getting rid of.

It could be a match made in heaven, points out the Seattle Times.

The Mariners might emphasize that Jose Lopez is an All-Star (reserve in 2006) middle-of-the-order hitter, entering his prime at 26. And then they'll distract Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski with something shiny and hope he doesn't look at a stat sheet.

Lopez's numbers are bad this season (.237/.265/.339). Of regular starters at third base in the American League, he has the lowest OPS, lowest slugging percentage, fewest RBIs (tied), fewest home runs (tied) and fewest walks.

Lopez is done in Seattle -- in addition to his decreasing performance, he's always frustrated them with his attitude and effort, and there's no way they pick up a $4.5 million club option for 2011. But he might be one of those guys who blossoms with a change of address, and he could keep the seat warm until Inge (who's not exactly an offensive juggernaut himself) gets healthy.

-- David Andriesen

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