SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Giants are working to reach agreement with left-handed reliever Javier Lopez on a three-year contract.
San Francisco assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the sides were "close" Wednesday, but a physical wouldn't be scheduled until an agreement had been reached.
Among the top priorities of Evans and general manager Brian Sabean this offseason was to retain Lopez if possible, while realizing he would be a popular player on the free-agent market. Discussions have been ongoing for some time.
The 36-year-old is part of a deep and experienced bullpen. He went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1-3 innings this year, when the Giants missed the playoffs one season after winning their second World Series in three years.