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:
Jose Lopez gets $1.2M plus 500 G's performance bonuses from yomiuri giants for 2013. Also, team option for 2014.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 7, 2013
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.