The Tampa Bay Rays are nearing a one-year deal with free agent first baseman James Loney, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports (Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and XM Radio reported the contract length). Loney would replace Carlos Pena who is also a free agent.
Loney finished up the season with the Red Sox after he was traded in August from the Dodgers in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. With both teams, Loney hit .249/.293/.336 with only 6 home runs.
If the deal does go through, Loney will stay in the AL East where he hit .230/.264/.310 in 106 plate appearances.
The good news for Loney is that Pena set the bar very low this past season as he hit .197/.330/.357 with 19 home runs in 600 plate appearances.
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