James Loney
1B FA
1 month ago

Loney was granted his release by the Braves on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

With the Braves bringing Matt Adams to fill their void at first base, Loney saw the writing on the wall that his services were no longer needed. His vast big-league experience and the .704 OPS he posted with the Mets last season make it hard to believe that he'll have a very hard time finding a new home in free agency.

James Loney
1B FA
1 month ago

Loney likely will join Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was just a matter of when. The Braves inked Loney to a minors deal Thursday after Freddie Freeman (wrist) was hit by a pitch that will sideline him for at least two months. They feel they can get by with what they have on the big-league roster, though, so Loney will camp out until needed. They'll piece together work at first base with Rio Ruiz and Jace Peterson, who may also share third base until Adonis Garcia (Achilles) returns. That'll likely happen next week.

James Loney
1B FA
1 month ago

Loney will report to Triple-A Gwinnett, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Freddie Freeman landing on the disabled list with a wrist fracture, Loney will have to earn his spot on Atlanta's major-league roster. Loney has yet to perform well at the Triple-A level this season. Prior to joining the Braves, he was a member of the Tigers' organization and played at Triple-A Toledo, where he owned a bleak .229 batting average.

James Loney
1B FA
1 month ago

Loney agreed to sign with the Braves on Thursday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

This seems to be a direct response to the news that Freddie Freeman (wrist) will be out for at least eight weeks. Loney was with the Rangers during spring training, then spent time with the Tigers during the beginning of the regular season, but he was subsequently released after batting just .229 during his brief stint with the Mud Hens. It's unclear if the Braves intend to ease him back into action or deploy him as their primary first baseman from the get-go, but things should become clearer once he physically joins the team.

James Loney
1B FA
2 months ago

Loney was released by the Tigers on Sunday, John Wagner of The Blade reports.

EDGE Analysis

Loney -- who also turned 33 on Sunday -- signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers in mid-April. He never ended up getting any game action in at the minor-league level, however, and is now free to look for work elsewhere with another organization.

James Loney
1B FA
2 months ago

Loney signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Loney went through close to a full spring training with the Rangers, but he will need to knock the rust off a bit more at extended spring training before reporting to a full-season affiliate (presumably Triple-A Toledo). The 32-year-old has played at a below-replacement level each of the last two seasons, so it's hard to see him getting a chance without an injury to Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez.

James Loney
1B FA
3 months ago

Loney was released from his minor league contract with the Rangers on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Loney, a non-roster invitee, was just 8-for-46 with one home run (.174/.224/.261) through 16 spring games, so it isn't too much of a surprise to see him released. The 32-year-old slashed .265/.307/.397 across 366 plate appearances as the Mets' backup first baseman last year, and he'll look to catch on with another organization where he can hopefully serve a similar role.

James Loney
1B FA
5 months ago

Loney signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Friday, Fanragsports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

His deal would expand to $1M if he is able to make the major league club. Loney backed up Lucas Duda at first base last season, and slashed .265/.307/.397 across 366 plate appearances in the process. It is unclear at this point where Loney would fit in with the Rangers' roster should he ultimately make the team.

James Loney
1B FA
9 months ago

Loney will start at first base in Thursday's Wild Card round matchup with the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Loney started just three of the Mets' last nine games at first base, but manager Terry Collins was forced to choose one of three sub-optimal options -- Loney, Lucas Duda, or Eric Campbell -- to start against Giants ace and southpaw Madison Bumgarner, and he opted to go with the best defender of the bunch. Loney will hit eighth in the Mets' batting order Wednesday night.

James Loney
1B FA
9 months ago

Loney, and not Lucas Duda, looks to be the starting first baseman for the Mets' Wild Card contest Wednesday against the Giants, Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Loney hit with the first group during batting practice and took more repetitions at first base Tuesday, signs that he is likely to get the nod. Neither player has had much success against Madison Bumgarner, but manager Terry Collins appears to be leaning towards having Loney start the game.