Aug 6, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Lopez (4) throws to first base on an infield hit by Minnesota Twins right fielder Ben Revere (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Lopez was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians earlier this month and released by the club five days later. Cleveland could have outrighted the veteran to their Triple-A club, but he would have had to sign off on that move.
Lopez signed with the Indians this off-season after being granted free agency by the Miami Marlins following the 2011 season. Over the 28-year-old’s 231 at-bats with the Colorado Rockies and Marlins in 2011, he hit at a clip of .216/.245/.372 with twelve doubles and eight home runs.
This season for the Indians Lopez posted a line of .249/.272/.366 with thirteen doubles and four home runs before he was designated. He owns a career clip of .262/.293/.396 over nine seasons in the majors.