UPDATE: It’s a done deal now for three years and $13 million, pending a physical exam next week.
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.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.