Lopez was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
After going unclaimed off waivers, Lopez will remain in the Atlanta organization as a depth catcher in the high minors. Since Gwinnett teammate Alex Jackson already has a spot on the 40-man roster, he'll presumably rank ahead of Lopez for a promotion in the event the big club requires another catcher beyond Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers.
Lopez was designated for assignment, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The Braves purchased the contracts of Josh Tomlin and Matt Joyce and needed to clear a 40-man roster spot. Lopez will serve as organizational depth if he passes through waivers.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
Lopez was never likely to supplant either Tyler Flowers or Brian McCann in the Braves' catching plans. Lopez will be ready at the Triple-A level should one of that pair get injured, but his .184/.270/.322 line in 76 big-league games means he's unlikely to be much of a fantasy asset when called upon.
Lopez was dealt to the Braves from San Diego on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Lopez spent a majority of the past season at the Triple-A level, though he did play in 37 games for the Padres while serving as a reserve catcher. He slashed just .176/.265/.284 with three home runs and 13 RBI in those contests. The 31-year-old shouldn't be counted on to provide much value for fantasy purposes moving forward. Lopez will add depth at the catching position for Atlanta while this move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Padres.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday.
Rather than carrying a third catcher in Lopez, the Padres elected to use their last bench spot on a more versatile option in Cory Spangenberg, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Lopez appeared in only three games during his latest stint with the Padres, receiving two at-bats.
Lopez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Thursday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Lopez has struggled to a .180 average with three homers and 13 RBI through 34 games with the Padres this season, but he'll get another shot after the demotion of Joey Lucchesi. He likely won't see much playing time behind Austin Hedges and A.J. Ellis.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.
Lopez had been up with the Padres as the starting catcher since the start of May with Austin Hedges out with an elbow injury. He failed to impress, hitting a miserable .180/.263/.290 and striking out 36 percent of the time. With Hedges back from the disabled list, Lopez will head back to the minors.
Lopez is not starting Thursday against the Giants.
Lopez will stick on the bench for a second straight game with lefty Madison Bumgarner toeing the rubber for the Giants. A.J. Ellis will start behind the dish and hit eighth in his stead.
Lopez is not starting Wednesday against Oakland.
Lopez has just four hits in last 10 games. He'll sit Wednesday in favor of A.J. Ellis.
Lopez is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Lopez will head to the bench for the second straight game while A.J. Ellis, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI on Sunday, picks up another start. The 30-year-old Lopez has served as the Padres' primary catcher in the absence of Austin Hedges (elbow), but his brutal .179/.267/.333 slash line across 13 games this season suggests there are better backup options out there.
Lopez is not in the lineup Monday against the Rockies.
Lopez has played regularly since being called up to replace the injured Austin Hedges (elbow). His .200/.333/.440 line through nine games is perfectly adequate for a catcher. A.J. Ellis will get the start behind the plate Monday.
Lopez is out of Friday's lineup against the Cardinals.
He will now have started six of the last 10 games, hitting .222/.300/.556 with two home runs and eight strikeouts (40 percent strikeout rate) in 18 at-bats over that stretch. A.J. Ellis is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth.
Lopez is not in the lineup against Washington on Wednesday.
Lopez will take a seat following two straight starts as A.J. Ellis gets the nod behind the plate for the series finale. Over six games this year, Lopez has gone 3-for-15 (.200 average) with one home run and two RBI.
Lopez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.
Lopez was behind the plate for the first two games of the series in Monterrey, Mexico, going 2-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in those contests. He'll give way to A.J. Ellis on Sunday, but Lopez should see the bulk of the starts at catcher until Austin Hedges (elbow) returns from the 10-day disabled list.
Lopez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Dodgers.
It was Lopez's first homer of the season, but more importantly, it was his third start over the Padres' last four games. The 30-year-old developed some late-career power last year, contributing 20 homers across three levels, after failing to tally more than eight in any season prior. He continued his power surge with seven homers in just 19 games with Triple-A El Paso prior to his recent callup. Lopez is clearly on the strong side of a platoon with A.J. Ellis, making him the desired target in deep one-catcher and two-catcher leagues until Austin Hedges (elbow) returns from the disabled list (which may not be until mid-May).
Lopez was recalled from Triple-A El Paso and is starting at catcher Tuesday against the Giants.
With Austin Hedges (elbow) being placed on the disabled list, Lopez will head up to the majors and promptly serve as the Padres' backstop. Lopez has played 19 games at Triple-A El Paso this season, hitting .300/.372/.657 with seven home runs in that time.
Lopez was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Lopez will head back down to the minors as Joey Lucchesi takes the empty roster spot prior to his start against the Brewers on Friday. During the club's Opening Day loss, Lopez came in as a pinch hitter and drew a walk in his lone plate appearance.
Lopez had his contract purchased by the Padres on Wednesday.
With Lopez and A.J. Ellis both making the Opening Day roster, the Padres will carry three catchers to open the season. Austin Hedges is the clear starter, leaving Lopez to split backup duties with Ellis. The 30-year-old hit .222/.306/.463 with four homers across 24 games with the Blue Jays in 2017.
Lopez signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Wednesday, according to his personal Twitter account.
Lopez will join his fifth organization in four years after he was outrighted from the Blue Jays' 40-man roster following the 2017 campaign. He offers some intriguing pop as a catcher, as he swatted 16 homers across 73 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo while adding another four in 24 games with the big club. He'll have to improve his defense if he wants to make an impact behind the dish at the majors, however, as he caught just one of 17 attempted base stealers with Toronto last season. Lopez should get a chance to compete for a reserve spot on the Opening Day roster.
Lopez was outrighted from the 40-man roster Monday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Lopez was a liability defensively, as he threw out just one of 17 runners on stolen-base attempts. Additionally, he didn't provide much on offense. Over 24 games he slashed .222/.306/.463 while striking out 21 times across 62 plate appearances.
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|2012||AFX-Fort Wayne Tincaps||117||444||78||127||23||9||2||48||62||63||51||13||.286||.378||.392|
|2013||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||113||423||78||128||17||13||7||66||54||58||42||10||.303||.382||.454|
|2014||AA-San Antonio Missions||18||74||10||23||3||0||1||7||9||9||4||3||.311||.386||.392|
|2014||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||68||248||44||76||21||6||2||39||42||50||12||6||.306||.406||.464|
|2015||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||21||62||10||15||2||0||1||7||11||13||0||0||.242||.351||.323|
|2017||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||14||42||7||11||1||1||4||11||8||15||0||0||.262||.380||.619|