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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 was 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.
His solo blast off Tyler Chatwood in the second inning was the only offense the Mets could muster on Friday. As disappointing as New York’s offense has been this season, you can’t blame Loney. The 32-year-old is batting .288/.340/.451 with six homers and 21 RBI through 50 games. Jul 29 - 10:57 PM

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James Loney is not in Monday's lineup versus the Cubs.

He's sitting against lefty Jon Lester. Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth.
Jul 18 - 4:30 PM

James Loney is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench against southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Wilmer Flores is at first base.
Jul 10 - 10:24 AM

James Loney went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored Friday versus the Cubs.

Loney slugged a solo homer in the second inning before driving in two runs with a double one inning later. He’s now up to four homers in 111 plate appearances this season, equaling his total through 388 plate appearances with the Rays last season. We’re not banking on the power to continue at this pace, so don't get carried away in fantasy leagues, but he has been a pleasant surprise for New York.
Jul 2 - 12:33 AM

James Loney got only one hit on Wednesday but it was a two-run home run, his third of the season.

Loney's 1-for-4 night moves his line to .284/.336/.451 in 102 at-bats since joining the Mets a month ago. Throughout his career he has consistently provided a solid batting average without much in the way of power or counting stats. He is no more than an emergency corner infield option for fantasy owners.
Jun 29 - 10:37 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2James Loney
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
3B1David Wright
2Wilmer Flores
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Alejandro De Aza
3Kelly Johnson
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
S1Jacob deGrom
2Noah Syndergaard
3Steven Matz
4Bartolo Colon
5Logan Verrett
6Zack Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Jim Henderson
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Antonio Bastardo
7Erik Goeddel
8Seth Lugo
9Jenrry Mejia