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Year in Review:
In ’09, Lopez continued to prove that he is one of the top fantasy second basemen. In his fourth full season in the big leagues, Lopez hit .272/.303/.463 and slammed 25 homers in the process. He drove in 96 runs and scored another 69, while stealing three bases on the year. His fantasy numbers look good, but his real life value is lower than expected due to his meager OBP. He will always have a starting gig in the big leagues due to his power and slightly above-average defense, but it seems that his time in Seattle may be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
The Year Ahead:
Lopez continued to improve his home-run rate, hitting 10, 11, 17, and 25 dingers in the past four years. There isn’t much reason to believe this trend will continue, as he looks to have hit his peak. While but 20-25 home runs is most likely, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see 30 jacks in 2010. Lopez is almost worthless in OBP leagues, and one of the least valuable second basemen in AL-only leagues. If you’re in a deep mixed league, Lopez isn’t a bad option if you’d prefer to fill the rest of your roster first. His average may rise a couple points higher, but if you’re expecting anything better than his 2009 campaign, you are sorely mistaken. (Zach Sanders)
Coming off a horribly disappointing 2010 season at the plate that saw him rank as one of the game’s worst hitters, Lopez found himself traded to Colorado. That is good news for Lopez as Safeco Field was one of the worst fits for him as a dead-pull, medium-power hitter, but bad news because he finds himself without a starting mandate in Colorado’s crowded infield. If Lopez can outplay Eric Young Jr. or whomever at second base and capitalize on the benefits that Coors Field will give him, he could provide a nice return on a minimal investment. The Jose Lopez of 2008 and 2009 was a productive fantasy player, averaging 21 home runs, 70 runs scored, 93 runs batted in and a .285 average. That talent is still there -- Lopez did not suffer through any injuries – but there are hurdles to clear before he even gets an opportunity to prove that. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
Watch out to see if Lopez advances on the Rockies depth chart. He can be a useful fantasy player, especially in the friendlier confines of Coors rather than Safeco Field.
It's no small feat for a right-handed batter to hit 25 home runs while playing half his games at Safeco -- especially for a middle infielder. That's what Lopez did in 2009, en route to his second consecutive 2.0-plus WAR season. In the meantime, however, he's slashed just .233/.263/.348 in 864 plate appearances while playing for Seattle (in 2010) and then Colorado and Florida (in 2011), amounting to a wRC+ in the low 60s. A .243 BABIP doesn't help, but it also highlights the problem with Lopez: his plate discipline is so poor (just a 3.7% career walk rate) that, if he's not fortunate with his balls in play, his value evaporates entirely. Signed to a minor-league deal with Cleveland in December, Lopez is blocked at both second (Jason Kipnis) and third (Lonnie Chisenhall) by promising young players -- with Jason Donald, Jack Hannahan, and Cord Phelps also in the mix. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
There's probably still some power here, but a lack of secondary offensive skills and opportunity limit his value in 2012.
This may seem hard to believe, but there was a time when Jose Lopez seemed to be a fairly useful player. In the late 00s, he was an adequate defensive second baseman who made up for an utter lack of walks by making frequent contact and managing to knock a surprising number of balls out of SafeCo Field despite being right-handed: 17 home runs in 2008 and 25 in 2009. In 2010 the Mariners moved him to third base and put Big Free Agent Signing Chone Figgins at second. While Lopez actually seemed to field better at third, it was a disaster all around, otherwise. His power disappeared and, well, that was about all he had going for him at the plate. Lopez was traded after the season, and in brief stints with Colorado, Florida, Cleveland, and Chicago, has basically shown that the probably was not just SafeCo. Now he is set to play in Japan in 2013. Even if he was in the MLB, he would not be worth your time. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Just four years ago Jose Lopez was a somewhat useful, power-hitting second baseman. As of 2013, he might only be useful if you are in an NPB fantasy league.
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