In November 2013, Javier Lopez signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Giants.
This means that he is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2016 season.
"It is a contract year and obviously I've been healthy, I've continued to stay healthy ... for a pitcher, that's what you rely on," Lopez told KNBR 680 on Thursday night. "That was my whole goal with the contract. Money is obviously great, you want to be able to provide for your family, but you want to be able to be an option for a manager like Bruce Bochy. You want to be out there and be available every day, and he knows that I'm gonna take the ball for him regardless of what the situation is. You get those special bonds and it's not something that I would want to pass up.
"If the Giants feel like they like what they see, then I would think about re-upping and I'd love to finish my career as a Giant. But we all know it's a business and they're gonna do the best things they need to do to put a quality club out on the field. And if I fit in those plans, great, if not it would be on to team No. 7. (laughing) It's something I've kind of grown used to."
The Giants acquired Lopez on July 31, 2010 for John Bowker and Joe Martinez.
Over nine appearances in the 2010 postseason, he allowed one run, one hit and one walk over 5.2 dominant innings.
In the 2012 playoffs, he did not allow a run over five appearances -- three innings, no hits, two walks, four strikeouts.
In 2013, he went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA over 69 regular season outings.
Lopez was called upon nine times in the 2014 playoffs. He did not allow a run over 3.2 innings.
In 2015, he registered a 1.60 ERA over 77 appearances.
Can he keep it up in 2016 at 38 years old?
"I'm not gonna lie to you, it does take a little bit longer at 38 to get things going," Lopez admitted. "But I found a good rhythm so I like where I'm at."
Would he like to re-sign with the Giants before the start of the season?
"I can defintely wait. I'm not worried about what the situation is gonna be," Lopez said. "I'm going into my seventh year now with the Giants. The first day of school, being the new kid in class, those days are gone. They know what I can do, what I can bring ... if it's something that works out for both parties that would be great.
"But I'm totally fine just playing out my season, playing out my contract, because that's what I signed up for."