This page refers to the left-handed reliever named Javier Lopez. For the catcher, see Javy Lopez.
Javier Alfonso López (born July 11, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) was originally drafted in the fourth round by Arizona in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. Lopez was then picked by Boston in the 2002 Rule 5 Major League Draft, and subsequently traded to Colorado in March 2003. Lopez’s major league debut was on April 1, 2003.
Javier Lopez is a lefthanded relief pitcher with a sidearm delivery. With the Red Sox, his role is primarily as a lefty specialist (LOOGY). Lopez was acquired by the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for righthanded pitcher David Riske on June 15, 2006. Prior to joining the Red Sox, Lopez was a member of the Colorado Rockies (2003-05) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2005). He bats and throws left handed.
In 2007, Lopez made the team out of spring training. Despite pitching three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk, Lopez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on April 10 when Mike Timlin was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Moments in the Sun
- June 2, 1998: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 4th round of the 1998 amateur draft.
- December 16, 2002: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2002 Rule 5 draft.
- March 18, 2003: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for Ryan Cameron (PTBNL).
- April 14, 2005: Selected off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Colorado Rockies.
- October 15, 2005: Granted Free Agency.
- January 19, 2006: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox to a minor league contract.
- June 15, 2006: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox for David Riske.