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Rockies Sign Javy Lopez

Javy Lopez struggled last year but the Colorado Rockies know a bargain when they see one.

In the Rockies, Javy Lopez saw an opportunity. In Lopez, the Rockies saw someone who has faced adversity. Lopez’s desire to revive his career led Colorado to sign the veteran catcher Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $1 million if he makes the team’s opening-day roster.

“The back of his baseball card speaks for itself,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of Lopez, 36. “But last year didn’t go the way he would have liked, and he’s taken it personally.”

The contract will provide Lopez a 40-man roster spot, but only a portion of his salary is guaranteed. His arrival signals the Rockies’ desire to create wide-open competition for playing time among returning starter Yorvit Torrealba, rookie Chris Iannetta and Lopez. Hurdle said he won’t keep three catchers.

I wish Javy the best. He had a heck of a career with the Braves and got lost in the brutal money shuffle.

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Not to mention he hit .354 career at Coors!

Posted by Jonathan C. Mitchell | January 10, 2007 | 12:00 pm | Permalink

I watched Javy play here in Atlanta for many years. I have no doubt that he has a few good years left. He was a class act here, as he was in Baltimore and his short stay in Boston. Bringing Ramon Hernandez on board in Baltimore could have caused great strife in the Orioles locker room, but in typical Javy fashion, he welcomed him aboard. Javy will not only be “driven” this year, but he will win the hearts of Rockies fans. He is a quiet fellow, but his competitive nature is intense. As a long time Javy fan and MLB extra innings subscriber, I will be up late this season watching Rockies games on the tube and at Turner field when they come to Atlanta.

Posted by Ed Levy | January 15, 2007 | 09:39 am | Permalink

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