Giants, Javier Lopez close to deal
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants were working Wednesday to reach agreement with left-handed reliever Javier Lopez on a three-year contract.
San Francisco assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the sides were close but that a physical wouldn't be scheduled until an agreement was reached.
A day after signing right-hander Tim Hudson to a $23 million, two-year contract, the Giants were busy trying to add to an already talented pitching staff.
Among the top priorities of Evans and general manager Brian Sabean this offseason was to retain Lopez, if possible, while realizing he would be a popular player on the free-agent market. Discussions have been ongoing for some time.
The 36-year-old is part of a deep and experienced bullpen. He went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1/3 innings this season, when the Giants missed the playoffs a year after winning their second World Series in three years.
Signing Lopez to a multiyear deal would give the Giants two lefties in the bullpen for the next two seasons. Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract last November.
In addition, starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are signed long term, along with 2012 NL MVP and batting champion Buster Posey. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum landed a $35 million, two-year deal late last month.
San Francisco acquired Lopez at the 2010 trade deadline from Pittsburgh for John Bowker and Joe Martinez, and he quickly emerged as a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy as the club made an improbable run to the city's first World Series championship since moving West in 1958.
Lopez just completed an $8.5 million, two-year contract signed in fall 2011 that paid him $4.25 million each season.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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