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Best Available First-Base Options After James Loney Deal with Rays
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Now that James Loney has been re-signed, there aren't many quality free-agent first basemen left, outside of Kendrys Morales.

And then there was one.

With news Friday that James Loney has re-upped with the Tampa Bay Rays for $21 million over three years, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there aren't many first basemen of note left on the free-agent market.

In fact, it's pretty much just Kendrys Morales, the former Seattle Mariners slugger, who hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last year.

Recently, other free agents like Mike Napoli (Boston Red Sox), Justin Morneau (Colorado Rockies), Corey Hart (Seattle Mariners), Garrett Jones (Miami Marlins) all inked new deals, leaving the pickings rather slim.

And yet, there are still teams searching for and in need of help at first base, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros.

That's why aside from Morales and the few other bottom-of-the-barrel free agents, there's also a trade market developing at the position. Here, then, are some names to follow among readily available first basemen.

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