Giants re-sign Javier Lopez to three-year, $13 million deal

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal now for three years and $13 million, pending a physical exam next week.

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Giants general manager Brian Sabean revealed yesterday that he was very close to re-signing reliever Javier Lopez and now Steve Berman of Bay Area Sports Guy reports that it’ll be a three-year, $13 million deal.

Last time Lopez re-signed with the Giants he got a two-year, $8.5 million contract, so he’s basically getting the same deal with an extra year added on. Not bad for a 35-year-old left-handed specialist.

Lopez has a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with the Giants, including a 1.83 ERA this year, and he’s held left-handed hitters to a sub-.200 batting average in five of the past six seasons.

Sabean and the Giants have been very busy already this offseason, re-signing Lopez and Tim Lincecum for a combined $48 million while also adding Tim Hudson to the rotation on a two-year, $23 million deal.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.