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James Loney “is all but certain to” remain with the Dodgers

Nov 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

James Loney swinging

Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal of wrote that “James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are most willing to trade,” yet today Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Loney, despite rumors the team is looking to trade him, is all but certain to return at first base.”

Two good reporters with what are no doubt very connected sources … and two very different reports about the same player.

I have no idea which report is right–although technically they could both be accurate–but I do know that the Dodgers should be shopping Loney. He earned $3.1 million this season and is line for a guaranteed raise via arbitration despite hitting just .267 with a .329 on-base percentage, .395 slugging percentage, and 10 homers in 161 games.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Dodgers needing to improve their offense by bringing in some big bats and that’s certainly true, but the fact that their first baseman hasn’t cracked an .800 OPS in three seasons doesn’t help either. Loney is a solid enough all-around player, but his offensive production is below average at first base and he’s about to get expensive. He’s exactly the type of player the Dodgers should be fielding calls on.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    If they can’t move him, at least see what his versatility is. How many regular 1B’s put up worse offensive numbers than him in 2010?

  2. mvd513 - Nov 18, 2010 at 6:15 AM

    Its pretty simple. He’s the one they’d like to trade the most, but he’s most likely to stay czu no one wants him. Duh.

  3. craigbhill - Nov 19, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I love Loney’s natural ability to drive in runners in scoring position, but he has put himself in a big hole by not hitting as hard or as much as he should. Has he caught Russell Martin disease??

  4. olddodgerfan - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    since there is rumor about looney up for trade since we have filled our starting holes…..why not pick up konerko…a REAL home run hitter…he was origionally with dodgers farm team and traded because they “thought” looney was a “better” player…..another one of managements brilliant decisions…..and martin…..same outcome as LaDuca…good one year and then steadily tanked it….

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