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The Rockies consider James Loney their fallback option after Justin Morneau

Nov 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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We’ve heard that the Rockies are interested in Justin Morneau for their open first base job. But if that doesn’t work out, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that James Loney is the fallback option.They still want Morneau, however, Renck says, and he believes they can get him on a two-year deal given that no other team seems to be in on him right now.

Loney had what appears at first glance to be a breakout/resurgent season for the Rays last year, with a line of .299/.348/.430 to go with 13 HR and 75 RBI. But looking closer, you see that most of the damage he did was done during his scorching-hot April and May, and after that he settled back in to a Loney-esque .283/.328/.382 over the final four months of the season.  That was still totally cool for the Rays, though, as he only cost them $2 million.

If he doesn’t break the bank Loney can still be valuable, especially given his fine defense. But fans of whichever team lands him should expect his production to look a lot more like those last four months of 2013, not the first two or the overall batting line for the year.

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Loney fits that bill of a solid player who doesn’t cost much. Best part is he has shown he could get red hot for that small price tag. If Morneau didn’t work out, if your a Rockies fan, you should be happy with Loney as a backup plan.

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    • NatsLady - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Eight months is a lot of firing.

  3. georgewashingtonsghost - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Craig, stop working and go enjoy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all your work.

  4. blynch67 - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Craig, stop working and go

  5. Walk - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Happy thanksgiving folks, i hope you are all enjoying a nice day with family and friends.

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