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The Brewers are talking to James Loney

Dec 11, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

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The Brewers used to have Corey Hart at first base and tried to bring him back. Then they were rumored to be into Logan Morrison. The Mariners jumped in front of them on both counts because, apparently, they want all of the first baseman. Heck, they now have both of those guys and Justin Smoak. And the guy who will likely be playing first base in three years just signed for $240 million to be their second baseman. Just greedy, really.

But the Brewers need one too, and with so few options available, they are talking to one of the few free agents who could be counted on to play a decent first base most days of a season: James Loney.

Loney is coming off a nice season with the Rays in which he hit .299/.348/.430 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI in 158 games. But that was really front-of-the-season loaded and was way better than he’s usually good for in a year. Still: he plays good defense, is durable and Miller Park is hitter friendly, so there are way worse directions in which to go if you’re the Brewers.

  1. dodger88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    If paired with a right handed hitting 1B, Loney can be a decent option in a platoon. He should simply never face a southpaw – EVER.

    • voidhelix - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      Last year Loney hit .299 / .339 / .729 against lefties. Wow, ur dumb.

  2. ejheim62 - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Please sign him, Brewers. That way I’ll know my favorite team, the Pirates won’t.

    nothing wrong with the guy’s defense, but 13 homers from your first baseman….I mean, we already HAVE Sanchez, who hits about the same…..no thanks!

  3. roanboon - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    The infamous “Doug Melvin put.” A term used to describe the false belief that baseball fans will forgive a batting average below .240 if the player hits 13 or more homers in a season. Made manifest yet again in 2013 by the 1st Base platoon of Juan Franciso and Yunieski Betencourt.

  4. thepittsburghkid - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    The Brewers have to be the front runners for him. The money they were going to put towards Hart will go towards Loney. I really hope the Pirates sign him, but I thinks it’s doubtful at best.

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