Found July 29, 2013 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — Is it fair to call James Loney‘s 2013 campaign a breakout season? Usually that’s the kind of terminology that’s reserved for a young player still in his first few seasons, but for Loney, it’s happening at age 29. During his first two partial seasons in Major League Baseball with the Dodgers, Loney had a .915 OPS in nearly 450 at-bats. After that, however, he struggled to a the tune of a .732 mark over the next five seasons. During a brief 30-game stint in Boston, Loney struggled with a new team and a new league, posting a sub-.600 OPS, but he was never really part of the long-term plan, anyway. In 2013, he was part of the trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles, with Loney coming back to the Red Sox as baseball’s closest thing to an NBA “expiring contract.” The nearly forgotten first baseman caught on with the Tampa Bay Rays, who have a penchant for getting the most out of buy-low players, and Loney has responded by batting .321 so far...
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