The agent of left handed reliever Javier Lopez says that while client would like to return to the San Francisco Giants there have been preliminary talks with other clubs.
Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Lopez’s agent, Barry Miester, declined to identify how many teams had declared interest thus far.
Lopez, 36, had another fine season for the Giants last season compiling a 1.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 37 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings of work .
The Giants had paid Lopez $4.25 million in each of the last two seasons but the left hander is seeking a slight raise on a multi-year deal.
For teams that miss out on Lopez other left handed options in free agency include Scott Downs and J.P. Howell.