Rockies Release Jose Lopez

JUNE 7TH: The Rockies officially released Lopez, according to their Twitter page.

MAY 26TH: The Rockies designated infielder Jose Lopez for assignment, according to's Thomas Harding (on Twitter). It has been a busy night for the Rockies, who sent Felipe Paulino to Kansas City earlier this evening.

Lopez, 27, has played second and third base for the Rockies this year, posting a .210/.234/.290 line. His .264/.295/.396 career line reflects his limited on-base skills and modest power. The 2006 All-Star averaged 15 homers per season for the 2006-10 Mariners.

Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Rockies were looking to add athleticism to their bench. Lopez, who earns $3.6MM this year, was generating minimal trade interest, according to Rosenthal. Jon Heyman of notes that the Blue Jays and Indians had some interest in Lopez over the winter (Twitter link).

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