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Monday, December 22, 2003


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BALTIMORE -- Javy Lopez agreed to a $22.5 million, three-year deal with Baltimore on Monday, giving the Orioles a big hitter and another addition to their rebuilding program.




The deal for the All-Star catcher is contingent on the free agent passing a team physical.


"Javy Lopez provides us with a solid catcher and another explosive bat for our lineup," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Mike Flanagan said in a statement.


A news conference was scheduled for noon Monday. Lopez's agent, Chuck Berry, was not immediately available for comment.


Lopez, 33, hit .328 last season for the Atlanta Braves, with 43 homers and 109 RBIs, both career highs. It was his best year since 1998, when he hit .284 with 34 homers and 106 RBIs.


But the cost-cutting Braves decided not to re-sign him and didn't offer salary arbitration Dec. 7, meaning he couldn't re-sign with them until May 1.


Baltimore already has added shortstop Miguel Tejada. The 2002 AL Most Valuable Player agreed a week ago to a $72 million, six-year contract.


Team officials have also been speaking with the agent of outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Before reaching the deal with Lopez, there had also been negotiations with prominent free agent catcher Ivan Rodriguez.


Flanagan said Lopez is a "veteran presence" who "played a big part in creating and maintaining Atlanta's winning environment over the last decade."


Baltimore has finished fourth in the AL East for six consecutive seasons behind the New York Yankees, Boston and Toronto.


Lopez gets a $1.5 million signing bonus, $5.5 million in 2004, $7 million in 2005 and $8.5 million in 2006. He can earn an additional $350,000 per year in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 450 and 500 plate appearances, and $150,000 for 550 plate appearances.
12-22-2003 01:44 PM
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It was nice knowing ya Javy. :wave:
12-22-2003 01:53 PM
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I predict last year was a fluke.
12-23-2003 01:20 AM
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I dont think last year was a fluke by all means but he wont come close to repeating that performance. He will end up hitting 25-35 HR's at most and a little under 100 RBI's at most as well. His health, BB/K, and defense will continue to decrease
12-23-2003 12:21 PM
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He won't put up great numbers but will still be a top 5 catcher.....Why, WHY DID U LET HIM GO!!!!???????????
12-23-2003 12:43 PM
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could the braves be in the running for getting pudge, or do they have someone/ pudge is also too expensive?
12-23-2003 01:20 PM
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TUDIEHARD Wrote:He won't put up great numbers but will still be a top 5 catcher.....Why, WHY DID U LET HIM GO!!!!???????????
Because he wasnt worth the money and they have a .300 catcher with solid defense in line right now.
12-23-2003 01:30 PM
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tysramm1 Wrote:could the braves be in the running for getting pudge, or do they have someone/ pudge is also too expensive?
We can't afford Pudge, and we already have Johnny Estrada.
12-23-2003 02:36 PM
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Think about how the ball jumps out at Camden Yards. He should do OK>
12-23-2003 03:32 PM
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GDawgs88 Wrote:
tysramm1 Wrote:could the braves be in the running for getting pudge, or do they have someone/ pudge is also too expensive?
We can't afford Pudge, and we already have Johnny Estrada.
Whoa!!!!!

Hide the women and children, its Johnny Estrada!

Just kiddin. :D
12-23-2003 05:55 PM
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Estrada will struggle next year and wont show much power but a .290+ average should be expected.
12-23-2003 06:43 PM
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If someone's hitting .290, I woudn't say he's struggling.
12-23-2003 07:23 PM
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He better be decent. Wasn't he the guy they got in the Millwood deal?
12-23-2003 09:04 PM
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GDawgs88 Wrote:If someone's hitting .290, I woudn't say he's struggling.
I am speaking of ups and downs...
12-24-2003 02:23 PM
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Gotcha...
12-26-2003 03:41 PM
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cbfranchise3 Wrote:He better be decent. Wasn't he the guy they got in the Millwood deal?
Yes. I think Schuerholtz wants to prove that he didn't totally ripped off in that trade, so he's giving Estrada a shot.
12-26-2003 03:42 PM
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