JAVIER LOPEZ
RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Sports - September 28, 2004
Age: 32
Born: July 11, 1977
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 200
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 4th Round, 133rd Overall, 1998
How Acquired: Free Agent
College: University of Virginia
Agent: N/A

SCOUTING REPORT
Lopez is coming off a season in which he posted a 9.26 ERA in 11.2 innings, with a 5:9 K/BB ratio, before being removed from the Red Sox 40-man roster in May and outrighted to AAA. Lopez had success in Boston from 2006-2008, with a 2.70 ERA in 116.2 innings, despite a poor 1.36 K/BB ratio. Lopez recorded a 5.8 K/9 ratio in that time, and a 0.5 HR/9 ratio, but had a 4.2 BB/9 ratio. Lopez made 158 appearances, which shows that he was mostly used in a LOOGY role.

In his career, Lopez has a .247 BAA versus left handers, with a .688 OPS. Against right handers he has a career .295 BA and an .821 OPS. His K/BB ratio is 1.69 against left handers, and a poor 0.96 against right handers. Lopez did a little better against right handers from 2006-2008, with a .253 average and a .719 OPS, but was absolutely horrible against both sides of the plate in his brief time in 2009.

Lopez could be a good LOOGY option, with a chance at being decent against right handers if he regains his 2006-2008 form. The Pirates prefer pitchers who can get batters out from both sides, which made the addition of Lopez a surprise, unless they’re banking on the Lopez from 2006-2008 to re-emerge.

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CONTRACT INFORMATION
2003: $300,000
2004: $317,500
2005: $321,000
2006: Minor League Contract
2007: $402,500
2008: $840,000
2009: $1,350,000
2010: $775,000
2011: Arbitration Eligible

Other Details:
  • Can earn up to $550,000 in performance bonuses for games 35-70 in 2010.

PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 1998
MLB Debut: 4/1/2003
MLB FA Eligible: 2012
Added to 40-Man: 12/18/2009
Options Remaining: 0 (USED: 2004, 2006, 2007)
MLB Service Time: 4.161

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
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TRANSACTIONS
June 2, 1998: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round, 133rd overall pick.
June 6, 1998: Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks to a minor league contract.
December 16, 2002: Selected by the Boston Red Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 13th pick in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft.
March 18, 2003: Acquired by the Colorado Rockies from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.  Colorado sent Ryan Cameron to Boston to complete the deal.
April 14, 2005: Selected off of waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Colorado Rockies.
July 5, 2005: Designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
October 28, 2005: Opted for minor league free agency.
January 9, 2006: Signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent.
June 15, 2006: Acquired by the Boston Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for David Riske.
May 10, 2009: Designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.
May 15, 2009: Outrighted to AAA by the Boston Red Sox.
December 18, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.