Lopez announced Wednesday that he will retire from baseball, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
The 39-year-old spent 14 years in the league on five different teams, winning four World Series' over the course of his career with the Red Sox and Giants. He posted a career ERA of 3.48 over 533.1 career innings.
Lopez could be used in situational save opportunities against lefty-heavy lineups. He entered Friday's game in a save situation, walking the only batter he faced before being lifted in the eventual win over Arizona.
Manager Bruce Bochy stated that he would be using a closer-by-committee approach with Santiago Casilla officially out as closer in San Francisco. Lopez is the least likely to see save opportunities given his profile as a left-handed specialist, but he could occassionally run into a save or two when the opposition has multiple lefties due up in the inning.
Lopez retired the only two batters he faced Monday, striking one out in the process.
Lopez hasn't been as effective as he has in years past (4.15 ERA), but he has strung together five consecutive scoreless innings over his last eight appearances. Given the nature of his LOOGY (lefty one-out guy) role, he provides little to no fantasy appeal.
Lopez opened the ninth inning and retired the only batter he faced to earn his seventh hold of the season Friday.
At age 38, Lopez is at the tail end of his career, as evidenced by his 4.63 ERA despite mainly facing left-handed batters. Manager Bruce Bochy still uses him as a LOOGY in late-inning situations, so he will get the occasional hold like he did Friday. Other than that, he doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Lopez struck out the sole batter he faced in Saturday's victory over the Cubs.
After a rough outing against the Dodgers in April where he was taken for two runs, Lopez has seemingly returned to his old form. In the month of May, he has yet to give up a hit and has only allowed one walk. As usual, his appearances have been one inning or less, for his primary value is the ability to shut down left-handed batters. The one surprise in Lopez's performance this season has been his effectiveness against right-handed batters. Traditionally, Lopez has an opponent batting average over .200 against righties, but they are 0-for-11 against the southpaw this season.
Lopez was brought in to face one batter and recorded a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
The left-handed specialist came in retired John Lamb on three pitches. Lopez will primarily be used in this role throughout the season. His ERA sits at 10.80, but the majority of the damage done to him this year has been when he has been asked to face more than one or two batters.
Lopez has appeared in just four Cactus League games so far, posting a 4.50 ERA with two strikeouts.
San Francisco already knows what they have in Lopez, so there is no need to overwork him during spring training. Despite the retirement of left-handed setup man, Jeremy Affeldt, Lopez will likely serve the same left-handed specialist role he has for the Giants since joining the club in 2010. Even though he posted a sparkling 1.60 ERA in 2015, he simply doesn't log enough innings (39.1 IP in 2015) to be a valuable ratio enhancer in standard leagues.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday he is going to stay away from closer Santiago Casilla for a few days due to general fatigue.
Bochy said Casilla looked a little tired after the right-hander suffered his fourth blown save during a 6-5 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. Casilla could not protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning, as he recorded no outs and allowed a three-run, walk-off homer to Justin Bour. Casilla allowed three hits in the inning.
Prior to Wednesday's meltdown, Casilla had thrown nine straight scoreless outings. He allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out eight in 7 1/3 innings during that span.
Bochy said if a save situation arises in the next few days, then he will play the matchups using relievers Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez.
Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (biceps) made his spring debut Tuesday, allowing one earned run on one hit and one walk while recording two outs.
Lopez has been dealing with biceps tendinitis, necessitating his late start to the Cactus League season. He was able to throw a bullpen without issue and will look to avoid setbacks in his preparation for the season.
Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (biceps) said Monday that he feels good and that he's ready to pitch Tuesday, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Lopez has been dealing with mild biceps tendinitis, delaying the start of his Cactus League schedule. He threw a bullpen session Saturday and presumably came through with no issues. Lopez made 65 appearances with the Giants last season, going 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 22:19 K:BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.
Giants reliever Javier Lopez has not made his Cactus League debut due to mild biceps tendinitis, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He told reporters he's no longer dealing with the issue. he will throw a bullpen on Saturday, and if he comes out of it without any reported issues, he'll be cleared to make his debut.
Left-handed reliever Javier Lopez agreed to a three-year, $13 million deal with the Giants Thursday, keeping him with the team where he's spent the last 3 1/2 seasons.
Lopez compiled a 1.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 69 appearances last season. A left-handed specialist, he pitched only 39 1/3 innings.
The Giants are close to a multi-year deal with reliever Javier Lopez, according to FoxSports.com.
General manager Brian Sabean confirmed the team has been actively engaged with Lopez, and expected to sign him soon. Lopez had a 1.83 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said he believes reliever Javier Lopez will re-sign with the club soon.
Sabean said the club is "fully engaged with Lopez," and that he expects they'll have a deal done soon. The left-hander had a 1.83 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.
The Yankees and free-agent reliever Javier Lopez have "expressed mutual interest," the Star-Ledger reports.
Lopez turned in the best season of his career in 2013, going 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 37:12 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings with the Giants.
The Nationals have significant interest in free-agent lefty reliever Oliver Perez, the Washington Post reports. The team has also expressed interest in free-agent left-handers Javier Lopez and Boone Logan, while Manny Parra and J.P. Howell may also be free-agent options.
Perez spent the 2011 season in the Nationals organization, going 3-5 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 58:27 K:BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings over 16 appearances (15 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg. He pitched for the Mariners strictly as a reliever over the last two seasons, going 4-6 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 98:36 K:BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings.
Free agent relief pitcher Javier Lopez has received interest from a "significant number" of teams, his representative told MLB.com. However, talks with other teams are "very preliminary" and Lopez is still open to returning to the Giants.
Lopez made 236 appearances with the Giants since coming over in a mid-season trade in 2010, going 14-4 with a 2.26 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 121:14 K:BB ratio in 147 1/3 innings.
Giants starting pitcher Chad Gaudin and relief pitcher Javier Lopez have declared free agency. Gaudin went 5-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 starts down the stretch for the Giants but may attract more attention as a reliever.
Giants pitcher Javier Lopez picked up his first save Thursday against the Mets.
Lopez tossed 2/3 of an inning, striking out one hitter. His ERA dropped to 1.63 following the save.
Giants regulars Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and Javier Lopez all went on waivers Saturday, and all were claimed by teams, reports CBS Sports Baesball Insider Jon Heyman Monday.
That said, "none of them are going anywhere," according to a person familiar with the situation.
Although San Francisco can still trade any of those players, it appears the claiming teams did so in order to block trades. The Giants don't have any interest in trading any of the players mentioned.
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