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Monday, November 20, 2023

Braves’ Reynaldo Lopez: Gets three years, $30M from Atlanta

Lopez signed a three-year, $26 million contract with Atlanta on Monday.

The deal contains an $8 million club option or $4 million buyout for the 2027 season, so Lopez will net $30 million over the life of the deal. Atlanta had already re-signed Pierce Johnson and Joe Jimenez and traded for Aaron Bummer and they’ve now brought in Lopez to reinforce their bullpen. Lopez made a full-time move to relief in 2022 and has produced a 3.02 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 146:45 K:BB over 131.1 innings covering the last two seasons. Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Lopez will be stretched out during spring training to give Atlanta a rotation option, with the possibility that he could contribute both as a starter and reliever. In all likelihood, Lopez will wind up in the bullpen and step in as one of the top setup options in front of closer Raisel Iglesias

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2023 at 12:40 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cooper Nielson Posted: November 21, 2023 at 02:19 AM (#6147800)
Does this mean the Braves will sign Lucas Giolito?
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 21, 2023 at 03:09 PM (#6147861)
But I don't think the Rangers are gonna give away Dane Dunning. I assume Adam Eaton is available though.

You know, we get really worked up about traded sometimes:

Eaton: 2.7 WAR (coming off 16 WAR in 3 years, only 28, under control for 4 more years)
Dunning: 4.9 (0.1 for CWS, part of Lance Lynn trade)
Giolito: 12.4
Lopez: 7.2

An easy win for the White Sox but that trade was 7 years ago so the return was an average of 3.5 wins per season. That is excellent return but it doesn't transform a franchise or anything.

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