• Rays announce three-year contract with Loney

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jan 3, 2014
    In eight seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Rays, Loney has a .285 career average with 86 homers and 534 RBIs.ST. First baseman James Loney has finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. A first-round pick by the Dodgers in 2002, Loney signed a one-year deal with the Rays prior to last season. Loney hit a team-leading .299 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs for the Rays last season, his first with Tampa Bay. But I think [Loney's] calming influence, the way he plays the game, the way he cares about the game. Just everything in general to take nothing away from those other guys but he is probably the best total package I've played with over there at first." The final tally showed the Rays having the largest improvement in the field since the 1964 Washington Senators. The Hot Stove quieted down over the holidays, but you can expect things to heat up again as teams make final pushes for the remaining free agents and cross the final items off their to-do lists before reporting to either Arizona or Florida.

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