Yomiuri Giants sign Jose Lopez

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Infielder Jose Lopez has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League.

Infielder Jose Lopez has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to The Associated Press. Lopez’s one-year deal with the Giants guarantees him $1.2 million with the potential to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses next season and includes a team option for 2014, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Lopez spent the 2012 season with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. After hitting .249/.272/.366 with 13 doubles and four home runs over 213 at-bats with the Indians, Cleveland released the infielder. He then went on to sign with the White Sox, collecting five hits over 23 at-bats.

Lopez also spent 19 games with the Triple-A affiliates of the White Sox and Indians, hitting .275/.430/.542 with nine doubles and one home run over 72 at-bats.

Lopez, a former top prospect in the Seattle Mariners’ system, has spent parts of nine seasons at the major league level with the M’s, Rockies, Marlins, Indians and White Sox. The 29-year-old owns a career line of .262/.292/.395.

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