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James Loney | First Baseman | #18

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3 / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (19) / LA
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Braves released 1B James Loney.
Loney asked for and was granted his release following the Braves' trade for Matt Adams, as he could plainly see that there wasn't going to be an opportunity for him. The 33-year-old will surely catch on elsewhere in short order. May 22 - 4:51 PM

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

He'll report to Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta needs help at first base with Freddie Freeman (wrist) on the shelf and Loney was probably the most experienced option they could have found at this juncture. The 33-year-old went to spring training with the Rangers and spent about a month in the Tigers organization before his release last week. When he reaches the majors, Loney will likely platoon with Jace Peterson at first base.
May 18 - 4:50 PM

Tigers released 1B James Loney.

The veteran first baseman hit just .200/.351/.222 over 57 plate appearances with Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers needed a roster spot at Triple-A for JaCoby Jones to begin his rehab assignment and the 33-year-old Loney was the odd-man out. He'll likely latch on elsewhere on a minor league pact.
May 7 - 6:48 PM

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

He will report to extended spring training in Lakeland, Florida. Loney was released by the Rangers toward the end of spring training after batting just .174 with a .485 OPS in the Cactus League, and he's posted a weak .281/.325/.378 slash line over the last three major league seasons. The 32-year-old is doubtful to make a meaningful impact with Detroit, though he could become the club's best option at first base if Miguel Cabrera's back issue continues to linger.
Apr 12 - 11:25 AM

Rangers released 1B James Loney.

Loney batted just .174 with a .485 OPS this spring in the Cactus League, failing to earn a spot on the Rangers' bench. The veteran first baseman should be able to find another non-guaranteed minor league deal.
Mar 27 - 12:28 PM

James Loney went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk against the Angels on Friday.

It was Loney’s first homer of the spring. Even with the nice day at the plate, the non-roster invitee is batting just .219/.286/.313 through 11 games during Cactus League action. He’s also had some miscues defensively. He’d only be a part-time player even if he made the Opening Day roster, but even that might be a stretch at this point.
Mar 17 - 8:34 PM

Rangers signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Loney $1 million if he makes the big league club. The 32-year-old slashed .265/.307/.397 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 366 plate appearances with the Mets in 2016. As it stands currently, the Rangers plan on rolling out a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar at first base.
Jan 20 - 9:29 PM

James Loney will start at first base and bat eighth in Wednesday's NL Wild Card game against the Giants.

The Mets left Lucas Duda off the roster, so the alternative would have been going with the right-handed hitting Eric Campbell against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Loney batted just .173/.218/.269 in 56 plate appearances against southpaws this season, but Terry Collins is rolling with him. The full lineup: Jose Reyes 3B, Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Curtis Granderson CF, T.J. Rivera 2B, Jay Bruce RF, Rene Rivera C, Loney 1B, Noah Syndergaard SP.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:03:00 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that Mets manager Terry Collins is leaning toward using James Loney at first base for Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown with the Giants.

Collins said Tuesday that he has already settled on his lineup for the game, but he declined to disclose it. Loney isn't exactly an inspiring choice, but apparently the Mets still have questions about Lucas Duda's readiness. The right-handed hitting Eric Campbell would be another alternative against Madison Bumgarner, but he obviously doesn't offer much upside at the plate.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 01:12:00 PM

James Loney clobbered a two-run homer on Saturday as the Mets topped the Phillies 5-3 to secure the top wild card spot in the National League Playoffs.

That means that they'll be hosting either the Giants or Cardinals for that decisive game. Loney, who wouldn't have even been in the lineup had Lucas Duda been fully healthy, tagged Patrick Schuster for the go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth inning, giving the Mets a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting .266/.308/.398 with nine homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:21:00 PM

James Loney is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

The struggling Loney will take a seat against left-hander Brandon Finnegan. Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat cleanup while Matt Reynolds will play second base and bat eighth.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 02:42:00 PM

James Loney went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

The power-deficient first baseman was batting fourth in manager Terry Collins' lineup Thursday, so of course he came up with three hits and three runs. The good night brought his overall line up to .272/.313/.391. Loney has six homers in 72 games this year.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:52:00 PM

James Loney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Loney won some fans in New York after a solid start replacing James Loney, but his OPS is under .700 now and he's driven in all of 26 runs in 71 games (and scored a total of 21 times). He's not helping.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:18:00 AM

James Loney is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

He's sitting against left-hander Robbie Ray. Lefty-masher Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth while T.J. Rivera will play third base.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 06:01:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 10:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Matt Adams
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Sean Rodriguez
3Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Danny Santana
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Sean Newcomb
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Daniel Winkler
7Chaz Roe
8Jason Motte
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Sam Freeman
12Luke Jackson
13Jason Hursh