Giants Resign Javier Lopez- What Does It Mean?
According to the Associated Press, the San Francisco Giants have resigned left-handed reliever Javier Lopez. Lopez would have been a free agent had the Giants not made a deal with him. According to AP, the two parties have agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million dollar contract.
While this means that we get to see Javier Lopez’s amazing bone structure around the clubhouse for two more years, and I’ve met him in person so I know he actually is that handsome, other questions remain in the Giants’ bullpen.
Other lefty specialist Jeremy Affeldt will become a free agent if the Giants do not resign him by the end of today, October 30th. Because of The Franchise: A Season With The San Francisco Giants, many grew attached to Affeldt as we got to meet his family and giant dog. Affeldt went 3-2 this season in 67 appearances with a 2.63 ERA. His season was ended prematurely as he sliced his (non-throwing) hand in a kitchen accident, and he required surgery. If the Giants also resign him, they will have spent nearly $10 million on two left handed relievers. This is valuable cash that the Giants were going to shop around with, attempting to find a leadoff man for their offense-stricken team. With the dominant starting pitching that San Francisco possesses, along with their less then frightening bats, the bullpen was a crucial part of the Giants’ 2010 World Series and it will need to stay strong in order to have a postseason chance in 2012.
Javier Lopez had nearly identical numbers as Affeldt, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 70 appearances. Both are part of the superb Giants bullpen, arguably the best in the league, and with the resigning of Javier Lopez the question remains to be seen if both left-handers(who are friends), will be back in 2012.
Notes: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he texted with Jeremy Affeldt today, prior to the Javier Lopez announcement. Affedlt says he and the Giants have discussed reworked deal and other options but nothing has been settled yet.