UPDATED 11/21/2013, 1:30 p.m. PST
Free agent reliever Javier Lopez is staying with the San Francisco Giants for the next three seasons.
CBSSPorts.com’s Jon Heyman reported via Twitter Thursday that the deal is done.
#SFGiants and javier lopez have agreed to terms
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 21, 2013
CSNBayArea.com reported that the deal would be around $13 million for three years, citing BayAreaSportsGuy.com as its source. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reported via Twitter that Lopez will take his physical next week:
Giants announced three-year deal with Lopez. He’ll take a physical next week.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) November 21, 2013
The 36-year-old Lopez was 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA and 1.068 WHIP in 39.1 innings and 69 appearances for the Giants in 2013, with 37 strikeouts. He was also one of the best relievers in baseball when it came to getting out of messes that he inherited—just six of the 57 runners that were on base when he entered games last season eventually scored, a rate of just 11 percent. That was third in the majors last year behind only Sean Doolittle of the Oakland A’s and Shawn Kelley of the New York Yankees, neither of whom had as many inherited runners as did Lopez.
Lopez is known as a lefty specialist and he was tough on lefty swingers last year, holding them to a .156/.208/.431 slash line in 98 plate appearances with no home runs. An injury to Jeremy Affeldt put Lopez in the position of having to face more right-handed hitters in 2013 and the results there weren’t as good, .296/.361/.444 in 63 plate appearances.
Over the last three seasons Lopez has held lefties to a .170/.231/.236 slash line in 299 plate appearances and has surrendered just one home run to a left-handed hitter in that span. Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates is the only left-handed hitter to homer off Lopez in the last three years, hitting one out at PNC Park on July 6, 2012, and it was a solo shot.
Lopez has been in the big leagues for 11 years, debuting with the Colorado Rockies in 2003 and also pitching for the Diamondbacks, Red Sox and Pirates. He was acquired by the Giants from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline in 2010 for john Bowker and Joe Martinez and was a key bullpen piece on both of San Francisco’s recent World Series titlists.