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Brewers, Lopez Agree on $1.4M Deal

October 31, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Infielder Luis Lopez agreed Monday to a $1.4 million, two-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who also exercised a $1.6 million option on pitcher Curtis Leskanic.

Lopez, 30, hit .264 this season with a career-high six homers and 27 RBIs. After making $775,000 this year, he gets $700,000 in each of the next two seasons plus the chance to earn $300,000 more per year in performance bonuses.

Leskanic, a 32-year-old right-hander, was 9-3 record with 12 saves and a 2.56 ERA in 73 relief appearances. If the Brewers didn’t exercise the option, they would have had to pay a $100,000 buyout.

He finished 39 games this year. If he had finished one more, the salary of the option year would have increased to $2.2 million.

In another move, the Brewers sent pitchers Chad Fox and Rocky Coppinger outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Fox, 30, missed the entire 2000 season after an arm operation in spring training. He is 1-5 with a 4.25 ERA in 85 career games for the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves.

Coppinger, 26, refused his outright assignment and elected to become a free agent, then signed a minor league contract with the Brewers, who freed up a spot on their 40-man roster.

Coppinger also missed last season after undergoing season-ending tendon replacement surgery on his right elbow in early May.

He is 16-11 with a 5.34 ERA in 74 games with the Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Brewers have 38 players on their roster.

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