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Glove-tossing ex-Met Jorge Lopez joins Cubs on minor league deal

Jorge Lopez moved on to the next team.

The former Mets relief pitcher, whose in-game rage and postgame comments led to his downfall in Queens, signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday. According to The Athletic.

Lopez was released by the Mets on June 5 after being ejected from a May 29 game against the Dodgers and throwing his glove into the stands at Citi Field.

After the match, things got even stranger.


Jorge Lopez has a new home. Jason Senes, New York Post

Lopez told reporters in the locker room that he had no regrets about the incident, sparking confusion about what he said in regards to comments about him being the worst teammate in MLB and that the Mets are “probably the worst team in all of MLB.”

The Mets placed Lopez on designated release following the incident, and he was subsequently released by the team.

He joined the Cubs organization after appearing in 31 games with the Mets this season, posting a 3.76 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched.

In addition to Queens, Lopez has played for various major league teams including Milwaukee, Kansas City, Baltimore, Minnesota and Miami.


Mets relief pitcher Jorge Lopez pitches
Mets relief pitcher Jorge Lopez will pitch. Jason Senes, New York Post

He is expected to start for Triple-A Iowa and then seek to return to the Cubs’ relief corps.

Chicago’s bullpen is 24th in the MLB in ERA, but it doesn’t have the likes of Advert Alzolay, Julian Merryweather or Yencey Almonte.

The Cubs were 32-35 this season and in third place in the National League Central heading into Wednesday’s game.

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