The Cleveland Indians are being linked to current San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez.
Multiple teams interested in Javier Lopez of the Giants, who has allowed an earned run in one of his last 33 outings. http://t.co/hMld0MGWjH
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
Want to know where the trade market is? The Giants are asking teams for a major league-ready starting pitcher for Javier Lopez.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2013
About Javier Lopez: Remember, he pitched for Francona in Boston; he'd fit in CLE, which is looking for a lefty.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2013
With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline looming, the Indians—widely considered to not be a major player—continue to have significant struggles in their bullpen, predominantly from the left side. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that “multiple” teams are interested in the left-hander who has 1.184 WHIP, striking out 27 batters in 25 innings of work. Appearing in 45 games this season, Lopez, 36, has allowed just one run in his last 33 appearances.
Lopez spent time with current Indians manager Terry Francona, pitching in Boston between 2006-2010. Through his career, he has held left-handed hitters to a .604 OPS, allowing just nine home runs in 817 at-bats.
The Indians have cycled through several left-handers in the bullpen this season, including Scott Barnes, Nick Hagadone, David Huff, and Rich Hill. Only Hill remains on the 25-man roster. They have also been linked to Colorado Rockies left-hander Josh Outman.