Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/28/11


Well you all know I am no longer a supporter of James Loney being the starting first baseman for the Dodgers anymore. After three seasons of saying this is going to be his breakout season, you are just not going to hear it from me this time. You might recall when I called for Colletti to send Loney packing this winter, but in a recent radio interview between Ned Colletti and MLB Network Radio’s Mel Antonen, and Antonen threw up this highlight on Twitter.


Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at 1B for LA next season. Says 20-25 HRs possible.

So it looks like on the sixth day of Christmas, Ned Colletti is going to say bah, humbug! We all knew that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder were not getting a contract offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter. No matter what Colletti said, no matter how much it makes sense, no matter how much the fans want it, it just wasn't going to happen. While Fielder and Pujols are still not technically ruled out, as neither of them have a lot on the table at the moment, consider it the longest shot of longest shots. What is absolutely killing me right now, add Loney's, Rivera's, Ellis', and Uribe's 2012 salary and you got the first year of Fielder and Pujols covered. Sorry but I would take Fielder or Pujols at first, throw Loney in the garbage, put Sands in left, Sellers at second, and pretty much anyone but Uribe at third. Seriously was that so hard? This is why I hope and pray every single day that when the new owner arrives, Colletti is handed his long deserved final paycheck. I am so ready for Logan White to take over as GM already.

While no contract has been offered or signed, at least that we know of, Loney is pretty much locked in as the starter for next season. But hey, we all knew deep down that this was going to happen. I still don't think this is the right move, and I have lost all faith in him as the first baseman of the future. Loney is entering the final year of his team controlled tenure with the Dodgers, so after Loney puts up another solid defensive season, and a largely mediocre season offensively, Colletti will be forced to take action. Loney will be a free agent at the end of the 2012 season, and heading that free agent class is Carlos Lee (37), Mike Napoli (31), and none other than James Loney. Exciting right? Yep ridiculous, but more than likely Juan Rivera, Jerry Sands, or even Scott Van Slyke take over in 2013.

Apparently Colletti is believing in miracles again, yep if we keep saying it, maybe it will happen. Alright who snuck the hallucinogens to our wonderful GM again? Loney's career high is 15 and that was way back in 2007, his second year in the majors. I gotta give Colletti some credit for remaining optimistic, and I respect the fact that Ned is sticking by the young core he helped build, and not giving up on most of them, but I am not sure he will ever be forgiven for giving up on Carlos Santana, Josh Bell, and a handful of others. The reality is the Dodgers have given Loney plenty of time to show why he deserves to be a starter on this team. Colletti is taking a big risk in giving Loney another chance to produce what the Dodgers need from first base. Colletti is banking on the Loney that showed up in the month of September to be present in all of 2012, those must be some good hallucinogens. I can accept that Loney will be playing first in 2012, no matter how badly I hate this, I knew deep down this was going to happen all along. It sure was nice to dream for a little wasn't it? So next season the trio of Loney, Rivera, and Sands as an occasional back-up should hopefully get the job done. The reality is the only way this works is if the Loney of September shows up on Opening Day, if not it's going to be the "I told you so to Colletti" all season long.
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