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Yomiuri Giants sign Jose Lopez

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

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

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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