Baltimore — After listening to Javy Lopez say publicly for several months that a trade would be the best thing for both sides, the Orioles finally granted him his wish, agreeing to send the disgruntled catcher and cash considerations to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named.
Because the trade involves cash considerations of more than $1 million, the deal is pending commissioner's approval, but it should be completed no later than this morning, Orioles sources said.
"We are in conversations, but nothing has been finalized," Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan said Thursday night.
The Orioles will likely get a mid-level field prospect in return for Lopez, 35, a catcher who is hitting .265 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. They will also send about $1.2 million to the Red Sox to help offset Lopez's remaining salary, the sources said.