Mariners To Non-Tender Jose Lopez

The Mariners will non-tender Jose Lopez tomorrow, according to Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle. The M's declined their option for Lopez earlier in the offseason and were not expected to offer the infielder a contract through the arbitration process.

The 27-year-old batted .239/.270/.339 in 622 plate appearances last year and saw his homer total drop from 25 to 10. Lopez has typically displayed more pop than he showed in 2010, but he has always had trouble reaching base, as his career .297 OBP shows. Lopez, who is eligible for free agency after 2011, played third last year, but has spent most of his career at second base. The Rockies have some interest in signing him. 

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58 Comments on "Mariners To Non-Tender Jose Lopez"


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4 years 7 months ago

Go get ’em Cards!

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texasmariner
4 years 7 months ago

This is a mistake

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m4r1n3r
4 years 7 months ago

You think letting a guy who doesn’t produce is a mistake? I liked Lopez. I feel for the guy as he’s had to deal with a lot of personal turmoil with deaths in the family but man he was frustrating to watch last year. He’s painfully slow running the bases and average at best defensively. At the plate he’s a liability. It’s best they let him go.

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4 years 7 months ago

Actually most defensive metrics state he is an above average defender.

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m4r1n3r
4 years 7 months ago

I go by what I saw in every game I watched(maybe all but about 5 which I listened to on the radio). While technically his stats say he was above average if you actually watch him play you would see that he’s really not. I think other GM’s see this as well which is why he wasn’t traded last year.

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$1529282
4 years 7 months ago

Did you misread the title?

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texasmariner
4 years 7 months ago

I was being sarcastic

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4 years 7 months ago

look at this guys name texas mariner make up your mind dude

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texasmariner
4 years 7 months ago

Your ignorant, I live in Texas and am a Mariners fan from when I lived in Seattle.

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yazpik
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe he can return for a contract about 1.5 millions or so, he´s a good player, only a bit crazy at the plate

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4 years 7 months ago

Thank you, thank you! Please let him go!

Let somebody fill that position who actually cares and works hard.

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Steelslayer
4 years 7 months ago

I smell AA and the Jays all over this one. Corect me if I’m wrong-but could he 3rd?

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Steelslayer
4 years 7 months ago

sorry “play 3rd”

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m4r1n3r
4 years 7 months ago

uhhhh yep. He played 3rd all last year.

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boyofsummer
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t see him as a upgrade over our current options. If necessary, Bautista could play 3rd, with Snider, Wells and Davis in the OF. I think that AA would either try to land a better 3rd baseman than Lopez, or stay with what we’ve got.

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Steelslayer
4 years 7 months ago

Fair enough…but aren’t they leaning on keeping J-bau in RF?

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boyofsummer
4 years 7 months ago

Yes, I believe they’re leaning that way, as there’s a perception that Bautista’s arm is more valuable in RF than at 3rd; however, I wouldn’t say that Bautista’s defence in RF could be described as stellar. I think he’s capable at both positions, but outstanding at neither. I’m sure AA is looking for a 3B that would be an upgrade over Bautista at 3rd and I’m not convinced that Lopez is that guy. His OBP is low, and he seems to be rather error-prone. His fielding percentages over the years aren’t particularly noteworthy. Further, it’s noted that he can display some “pop” with the bat, but I think the Jays already have sufficient “pop” and could use some on-base guys to benefit by the big bats behind them. This year clearly demonstrated that pop doesn’t translate into a wild card berth.