The Formula For Success in Baseball: Suck. Earn Double Next Year.

The Red Sox have reached terms with lefty reliefer Javier Lopez, who was eligible for arbitration: 1 year, $840,000.

Just so we’re clear, that’s a 109 percent raise over Lopez’s salary in 2006, when he allowed a .293/.366/.439 line to the only batters he’s on the roster to face.

9 comments… add one

  • And a .176/.300/.265 line to the righties. Oh, just monstrous.

    Kazz January 18, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • The righties he pitched to were typically weaker hitters.
    Another measure of Lopez’s work is his 1.328 WHIP. That’s significantly worse than the other regulars in the pen.

    Andrew F (Sox Fan) January 18, 2008, 4:53 pm
  • LOOGYs are one of the stupidest ideas in ‘modern’ baseball bullpen usage. Especially when they don’t actually do what they’re supposed to do.

    AndrewYF January 18, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • If Lopez were actually brought in only to face righties, I would love having him in the bullpen. But he’s not used that way. His inability to throw strikes led to the ALCS Game 2 debacle for which Gagne got most of the blame.

    Paul SF January 18, 2008, 5:19 pm
  • Are we sure he wasn’t signed as a third catcher?

    FenSheaParkway January 18, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • Thanks for that, FSP. Now I won’t sleep for a week.

    Paul SF January 18, 2008, 5:40 pm
  • everything is relative…..like jc romeros $12 million for the next three years.

    sf rod January 18, 2008, 5:44 pm
  • True that. It’s getting to the point where almost the only guys making less than a mil per are pre-arbitration players. Bud’s going to have his work cut out for him for the next CBA!

    FenSheaParkway January 18, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • Pavano.

    Zooboy January 18, 2008, 6:17 pm

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