Left-hander Javier Lopez continues to draw interest on the trade market, but the San Francisco Giants asking price has remained high. Multiple teams have been linked to the 36 year old, but it appears that the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers might be the most actively involved options still in the mix. Despite a high asking price, the Giants appear likely to move him before the 4:00 PM EST deadline.
Lopez, who’s posted a 1.42 ERA and 1.184 WHIP in 25.1 IP on the year, would give any acquiring team a veteran southpaw option for the bullpen with playoff experience – a commodity with a high premium these days. Both the Reds and Tigers are in the hunt for playoff spots this year, so it’s not surprising to see either team having interest. Detroit’s already made one addition to their bullpen this week, adding Jose Veras from the Houston Astros on Monday.
At one point earlier today it appeared that the Cleveland Indians were still talking to the Giants about Lopez, despite having acquired another left-hander in Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals last night, but it seems those talks have since cooled. San Francisco reportedly wanted right-hander Danny Salazar in return, a price the Indians weren’t willing to meet.