Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
First baseman James Loney.
With the signing of James Loney to a one-year, $2 million deal, the Rays have upgraded at first, gotten younger and did it all for a great price.
Loney had a rough season last year for two teams. For the Dodgers, Loney struggled out of the gate, batting just .232 through the month of April. After the mega-deal back in August, Loney was sent to the Red Sox to fill in for Adrian Gonzalez, where he would have had to earn a spot on the roster for 2013.
Loney batted .230 for the Sox and thus was forced to test the free-agency market.
Confusion and displacement defined Loney’s 2012 campaign. Playing for a great coach in Joe Madden and a team with a great philosophy, I fully expect Loney to return to the ways of old and give the Rays 80 RBI and 160-plus hits.