James Loney#21, 1B, Tampa Bay
- May 7, 1984
- Birth Place:
- Houston, Texas
- 2002 1ˢᵗ round (19ᵗʰ pick) by the Los Angeles Dodgers
— Player Notes
Advice: The Pirates have explored trading for a first baseman but have come back to the free agent market, as Loney has reportedly been a top target for them. Loney seems like a good fit for them as well, considering his defensive prowess. Offensively, he had a rebirth with the Rays last season, posting a .778 OPS, his highest since 2007.
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Advice: The Rays would like to bring Loney back but not at his current price of three years and $27 million. The team will have to do something to fill its first base vacancy and would prefer a left-handed bat, with Topkin listing Logan Morrison and Mitch Moreland, among others, as possibilities via trade. The Rays may also ask for a first baseman in return if they're to trade starter David Price.
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Advice: If that's the case, that probably takes the Rays out of the mix. Believe it or not, Passan hears that Loney began the offseason by looking for a four-year, $40 million deal. The 29-year-old earned $2 million this past season while batting .299/.348/.430 with 13 homers and 54 RBI. The Pirates reportedly have interest.
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Advice: "He's someone that we're interested in, and he knows that," said Silverman. "The good thing for us is he liked it here. We liked him, he fit in well. And we're a known quantity. When he's thinking about other things out there, he won't know what the other clubhouses are like, he won't know what it's like living in that city. And so that gives us a little bit of an advantage. Our wallet isn't as big as other teams', so that's one disadvantage for us." Topkin writes that Loney is a top target for the Rays assuming the price remains reasonable. The Pirates also have strong interest.
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Advice: Stark hears that the Pirates have also inquired about possible trades for the Rangers' Mitch Moreland and the Blue Jays' Adam Lind. Loney is coming off a solid bounceback campaign with the Rays in which he batted .299/.348/.430 with 13 homers and 54 RBI.
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