Javier Lopez has been linked to several contending teams looking for left-handed bullpen help and the latest is the Yankees, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the two sides have “mutual interest.”
Lopez would replace fellow free agent Boone Logan as the Yankees’ left-handed specialist. In four seasons with the Giants he posted a 2.26 ERA in 147 innings, including a 1.83 ERA this year at age 35. Lopez has held left-handed hitters to a sub-.200 batting average five times in the past six seasons, so he’s basically the ideal southpaw specialist.
Now the question is whether any teams want to offer, say, a three-year contract to a 36-year-old reliever.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.