For the past few seasons, Javier Lopez has pitched almost flawlessly as a left handed specialist for the San Francisco Giants. It’s a place where Lopez has suggested he’d like to retire, but he and the Giants have been unable to come to terms on a contract as San Francisco attempts to fill up their budget in free agency.
That has lead Lopez to look elsewhere, including the New York Yankees who share an apparent mutual interest in the LOOGY reliever.
The Yankees and veteran left-hander reliever Javier Lopez have “expressed mutual interest” in preliminary talks, Lopez’s agent Barry Meister said on Friday morning. Meister expects to conduct more substantive discussions later in the winter, after the Yankees have handled their more expensive matters, like their pursuit of second baseman Robinson Cano, catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
Of course, it could just be Lopez and his agent attempting to gain leverage in contractual talks with the Giants but the aging reliever could be a nice fit in the Bronx.
Lopez is reportedly seeking a raise off his $4 million dollar contract in 2013, a hefty price for a ‘specialist’.