MLB Trade Rumors: Giants Likely to Keep Pence, Lincecum, But Lopez Still Available

Jun 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Javier Lopez (49) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The trade deadline is about an hour away, and at this point, GMs are working the phones, looking to see if they can make a deal or two before 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

The San Francisco Giants have been quiet thus far, but rumors have been swirling around Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that the Giants are likely to keep both Pence and Lincecum, but lefty reliever Javier Lopez is in play.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Cincinnati Reds are trying to acquire Lopez, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (why not throw in one more source) reports that the Giants have not lowered their asking price on the reliever and it is possible that they keep him.

Lopez, 36, is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 45 games this season and is undoubtedly a valuable asset in the bullpen. He is especially tough on left-handed hitters, and has allowed just one homer in three years as a Giant.

Lopez was acquired during the 2010 season and played a pivotal role in the Giants capturing their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco. He battled the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Josh Hamilton in the postseason and was brilliant.

Topics: Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants

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