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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Piecoro: Diamondbacks prospect Yoan Lopez leaves team again

Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.

Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.

Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ...

The Diamondbacks had high hopes for Lopez when they signed him in January 2015 for $8 million, a bonus that triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending limit. Club officials believed he could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.


 

 

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