May 27, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Jose Lopez (4) throws to first base in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field. The White Sox won 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Like veterans Derek Lowe and Johnny Damon, the Cleveland Indians have released infielder Jose Lopez, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. The move comes five days after the team designated Lopez for assignment and recalled Frank Herrmann to take the utility infielder's roster spot.
Indians have released INF Jose Lopez.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 12, 2012
The Indians could have traded Lopez, but it appears the team was unable to find a taker. Another option for the team was an outright of Lopez to the minor leagues, but Lopez would have to approve such a transaction.
The 28-year-old Lopez struggled at the plate this year and a triple slash line of .249/.272/.366 in 224 plate appearances was one of his worst seasons at the plate. As a free agent, Lopez will now be looking to join a different organization, but will likely have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal.