Giants trade rumors: Javier Lopez on the block

Jennifer Stewart

The left-hander is the most likely Giant to be dealt in advance of the trade deadline.

Although the San Francisco Giants may keep veterans like Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum past tomorrow's trade deadline, here's one name who is almost guaranteed to be shipped out of San Francisco: left-hander Javier Lopez. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Giants will definitely move the 36-year old pending free agent before 4 PM on Wednesday.

Lopez is 1-1 with a 1.42 ERA, 9.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 on the season in 45 appearances with the Giants. With many teams in search of left-handed relief help, he should be able to find his way to a contender. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com notes that the Tigers are one of the many teams interested in Lopez, and that he is being discussed in the ongoing trade talks between the Tigers and Giants. The Indians, led by Lopez' former manager Terry Francona, are also expected to have interest in the left-hander due to their left-handed bullpen void.

If the Giants were to move Lopez, they would likely be able to get a good haul in return. Buster Olney of ESPN.com notes that the price on him is "really high".

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