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James Loney | First Baseman | #21

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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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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

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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

James Loney is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Richie Shaffer is at first base in Loney's place.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 10:30:00 AM

James Loney went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Friday's loss to the Royals.

Loney's RBI double in the second inning against Royals starter Edinson Volquez temporarily tied the score at 1-1. The Rays would go on to lose 3-2, dropping to 63-65 on the season. In 263 at-bats this season, the veteran first baseman is hitting .270/.311/.365 with four homers and 28 RBI.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 10:56:00 PM

James Loney has dropped the appeal of his one-game suspension and will serve it Thursday night.

Loney was issued the punishment for making contact with home plate umpire Paul Nauert on Saturday after a called third strike. He probably wouldn't have been in the lineup anyway Thursday versus Twins lefty Tom Milone.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 03:49:00 PM

James Loney went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

Loney broke out of a 3-for-23 slide with the three-hit game. He had an RBI single in the second inning before smacking a two-run double in the third. Loney is hitting .267/.309/.361 through 72 games.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 11:29:00 PM

MLB has suspended James Loney one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for his action's during Saturday's game.

Loney made contact with home plate umpire Paul Nauert on Saturday after being ejected following a called-third strike. He has appealed the suspension.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 02:41:00 PM

James Loney went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI hits in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

Loney doubled home a run off Red Sox starter Wade Miley in the fourth inning and later hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to help the Rays to a 4-3 win over their division rivals. The first baseman isn't hitting particularly well this season (.263/.313/.345 with three homers and 20 RBI) and holds little-to-no fantasy value.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 05:04:00 PM

Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

Loney progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and has been cleared to return after a few rehab games. He returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line and should provide a much-needed boost for the Rays at first base.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 11:26:00 AM

James Loney (finger) is expected to return to the Rays' active roster on Friday.

Loney has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Tuesday. He broke a bone in his left middle finger back in late May and will wind up missing around five weeks. The first baseman returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line, two homers, and 11 RBI in 30 games.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 08:49:00 AM

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