• Loney, Rays reported to have one-year deal

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 3, 2012
    The Rays made it official on Thursday as they signed free-agent first baseman James Loney to a one-year deal. The Rays went to the Winter Meetings seeking a first baseman to replace Carlos Pena after Pena had a disappointing 2012 season. Loney seems to fit the bill. Free agent first baseman James Loney has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays pending a physical exam, said a baseball source. Loney made $6.375 million in 2012. Loney hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBIs in 144 games last season with the two clubs. Loney, 28, is a .282 hitter with a .758 OPS in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. "I really got my best look at him at the end of the season when he was with the Red Sox, and I was really impressed with his at-bats, the quality of the at-bat," manager Joe Maddon said.
    Sources: MLB.com ESPN.com

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