Wilton Lopez
RP FA
3 years ago

Lopez was cut from major league camp on Saturday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Lopez looked like he was in good shape in early March, but a very rocky spring has likely been his downfall. In 5.1 innings this spring, he's given up six earned runs and held a WHIP of 1.69. After a very strong year in 2012, he's struggled considerably since, pitching only 6.1 innings in the major leagues last season before being sent down to the minors. Even if Lopez latches on with another club, he has very limited fantasy value unless he can show a consistent ability to get out major league hitters.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
3 years ago

Lopez has a 'very good chance' to make the Blue Jays, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Lopez struggled quite a bit in 2013 and 2014, posting an 11.37 ERA in four appearances last season. However, with three good seasons between 2010 and 2012 where his ERA sat between 2.17 and 2.96 while making at least 64 appearances in each of the three seasons, Lopez might just need a change of scenery away from the Rockies. With the Blue Jays bullpen in flux behind Aaron Loup and Brett Cecil, Lopez has a chance to contribute, though still has limited fantasy value due to a low strikeout rate and a lack of consistency at the major league level in the past two seasons.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Lopez signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Lopez pitched most of 2014 with Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 4.57 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. He had a disappointing two seasons in the Rockies organization after a couple good seasons in Houston. Part of the decline could be contributed to playing in the high elevation in Colorado, but he will need to prove himself in spring training to get a shot at a bullpen spot with Toronto, another hitter's ballpark.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Lopez has elected free agency, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

After posting sub-3.00 ERAs in each of his final three seasons with the Astros, Lopez put up a 4.63 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 81.2 innings in his two seasons in Colorado. Given his recent struggles, Lopez seems likely to have to settle for a minor league deal in the offseason.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Rockies optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez's return to the majors lasted only a day, and he didn't appear in a game. Rob Scahill has taken his spot in the Rockies' bullpen.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Rockies purchased the contract of RHP Wilton Lopez from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez was optioned to Triple-A back in April and designated for assignment earlier this month, but now he's back in the majors to provide some bullpen depth. Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move while Michael Cuddyer has been moved to the 60-day DL.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Rockies sent RHP Wilton Lopez outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lopez had already been pitching for the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, but was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create room on the 40-man roster. The veteran right-hander will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Rockies designated RHP Wilton Lopez for assignment.

It wasn't too long ago that Lopez was a quality reliever in MLB, but he was demoted by the Rockies two months ago and had a 4.66 ERA over 29 innings in Triple-A. The Rockies still owe him a little over $1 million for the rest of the season.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Rockies optioned RHP Wilton Lopez to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

It's been quite a fall for Lopez, who was a great reliever and occasional closer just a couple years ago with the Astros. He was inconsistent last year with the Rox and was blasted for eight runs and 18 hits over his first 6 1/3 relief innings this season. Lopez will try to regroup at the minor league level.

Wilton Lopez
RP FA
4 years ago

Wilton Lopez missed his scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to stiffness in his neck.

It's not considered a serious issue at this point, but will be something to monitor moving forward. The veteran right-hander is expected to work in the sixth or seventh inning this season, getting the ball to Rex Brothers and LaTroy Hawkins.