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James Loney | First Baseman | #28

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (19) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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James Loney went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a hit-by-pitch, and three runs scored Friday in an 8-6 victory over the Braves.
He also made a heck of a play at first base to end the game. The Mets’ offense has been struggling in a big way, but Loney has done a fine job as the regular first baseman since joining the team at the end of May. He’s now batting .305/.367/.463 with two home runs and eight RBI through 22 games. He’s not a relevant option in mixed fantasy leagues, but the Mets are happy with what he’s providing right now. Jun 24 - 11:06 PM

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James Loney smacked three extra-base hits against the Braves on Saturday, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Loney tripled once and doubled twice. The nice game raised his OPS from .642 all the way to .774 after 71 plate appearances. Loney has been playing every day since becoming a Met on May 31st. He has never hit for much power. He can be relied upon for a good batting average but not much else.
Jun 18 - 11:32 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in Friday’s 6-2 win over the Marlins.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly brought in left-hander Mike Dunn to face Loney in a tie ballgame in the seventh, but it backfired, as Loney took him deep for his first home run as a member of the Mets and No. 100 for his career. It was his first home run in the majors since last August 7 and his first home run off a left-hander since June 7, 2014. Loney isn’t going to show off his power on a regular basis, but the Mets aren't complaining.
Jun 3 - 10:18 PM

James Loney has officially been added to the Mets' 25-man roster.

Loney was acquired from the Padres on Saturday for cash and will be thrown into the Mets' starting lineup Tuesday night against the White Sox. He should start regularly at first base against right-handed pitching, at least until Lucas Duda (back) returns. Loney was hitting the ball well at Triple-A El Paso before the trade and is worthy of consideration in deeper fantasy formats now that he's in a good position for playing time.
May 31 - 4:10 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that he expects James Loney to be activated on Tuesday.

Loney is expected to see most of his work against right-handed pitching, so he wouldn't have started on Monday anyways against left-hander Jose Quintana. Loney was hitting well for the Padres at Triple-A El Paso, slashing .342/.373/.424 prior to the trade.
May 29 - 5:36 PM

Mets acquired 1B James Loney from the Padres for cash considerations.

Loney is expected to platoon at first base with Wilmer Flores. As the strong side of the platoon, he should see enough at-bats to be relevant in NL-only formats, though even at his peak he was never much of a mixed league commodity. He was hitting well at Triple-A El Paso though, slashing .342/.373/.424 with a pair of homers and 28 RBI.
May 28 - 2:49 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have acquired James Loney from the Padres.

No word yet on the return, but it isn't expected to be much. With Lucas Duda sidelined and a gaping hole offensively at first base, Loney will have the chance to step right in as the club's everyday first baseman. The 32-year-old was hitting .342/.373/.424 with two homers and 28 RBI in 158 at-bats at Triple-A El Paso.
May 28 - 2:18 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that James Loney's representatives plan to contact the Mets to gauge interest.

Lucas Duda is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his back, so it could be a natural fit. Sherman hears that the Mets at least have "some curiosity" about the possibility. Loney, 32, is batting .333/.368/.417 with two home runs and 23 RBI over 39 games with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He has the ability to opt of his minor league deal if he finds an opportunity in the majors.
May 24 - 11:57 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that James Loney has an opt-out clause in his minor league contract with the Padres.

It allows Loney to opt out of the contract in order to pursue a major league deal elsewhere, which is pretty standard when it comes to veterans on minor league contracts. The Padres have the right of first refusal on the deal.
Apr 8 - 2:21 PM

Padres signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract.

The Rays dumped him Sunday just hours before Opening Day. It's only a minor league deal but it shouldn't take long for Loney to find his way to the big leagues. One scenario could involve putting Loney at first base and moving Wil Myers back to the outfield. The 31-year-old is a .285 career hitter. The Padres, who have yet to score a run this year, could sure use one of those.
Apr 7 - 10:09 PM

Rays released 1B James Loney.

They were unable to find a trade partner willing to take Loney on, so they just had to eat his $8 million salary. Loney was relatively productive in his first two seasons with the Rays, but he hit just .280/.322/.357 last season. He'll find another job but could have to settle for a minor league contract.
Apr 3 - 12:33 PM

James Loney has been informed that he will not be on the Rays' Opening Day roster.

The veteran first baseman is either getting released or there is a trade in the works. Either way, he's likely done for good in Tampa Bay. Loney, 31, batted just .280/.322/.357 with four home runs and 32 RBI in 104 games last season for the Rays. He hit .281/.303/.374 this spring in the Grapefruit League. Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce are probably going to get the bulk of the playing time at first base this season. It's not a good situation for those in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 30 - 4:01 PM

James Loney had a two-run homer and an RBI single against the Cuban National Team on Tuesday.

It won't count in the official stats, but it's Loney's first homer of the spring. He's hitting .276/.300/.379 in Grapefruit League action as he attempts to hold on to his starting job at first base. The Rays would still prefer to trade him and shed his $8 million salary.
Mar 22 - 5:41 PM

James Loney doubled twice in three at-bats Friday against the Red Sox.

The Rays would like nothing more than for Loney to hit .700 and amass some trade value this month. If they don't find a taker for his $8 million salary, he might be a part-time player this season.
Mar 4 - 5:53 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that there "seems to be some initial interest" in James Loney.

Topkin notes that the Rays might have to eat some of the $8 million Loney is owed in 2016 to make a trade happen. The first baseman batted only .280/.322/.357 with four home runs over 388 plate appearances during an injury-shortened 2015 campaign. He hit .294/.342/.404 over the two seasons prior, though, and has a good reputation as a defender at first.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 08:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
3Matt Reynolds
LF1Brandon Nimmo
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Matt Harvey
3Noah Syndergaard
4Steven Matz
5Bartolo Colon
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Sean Gilmartin
9Logan Verrett
10Jenrry Mejia