Javy Lopez Wants Out of Baltimore...or More Money. Whichever Comes First
Lopez’s numbers last year? .278 average, 15 HR’s, 49 RBI’s, and an OPS of .780. Hmmm…I’m not so sure he’s earned that raise just yet.
Here’s my point: When did it become perfectly acceptable for average to slightly-above-average players to start dictating their terms of employment? Lopez is an aging player at a position that by it's very nature dictates that players at this position age rather poorly, and now he wants a raise from a contract that was signed following a career year?
To put this in perspective, Bengie Molina, who put up numbers eerily similar to Lopez’s 2005 numbers (.295, 15, 69, .782) and is also 4 years younger than Lopez, still has had no luck as he seeks out a 2 year deal in the neighborhood of $12 million. In other words, Molina can’t find a job despite the fact that he is younger, cheaper, and as good (if not better) offensively as Lopez, yet Javy thinks he can demand an extension that will pay him about $8 million a year until he is 38.
Good luck with that one, Javy.