James Loney heads to Tampa

by Bill Chuck on December 3, 2012

James Loney has agreed to a one-year $2 million deal to play first base for the Tampa Bay Rays.

I’m always fascinated by deals the Rays make as they work on a whole different level from the other teams, particularly by those teams that are contenders. Loney, 28, is a .282 hitter in his career with a .758 OPS in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.

For now, it looks as if the Carlos Pena era is finally over as Loney tries to resurrect his career. Pena hit .197 with 19 homers as Tampa Bay’s primary first baseman in 2012, while Loney hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBI.

Here are the players who have played at least 60% of their Rays games at first base.

Rk Player G From To HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Carlos Pena 726 2007 2012 163 468 .230 .360 .483 .843
2 Fred McGriff 577 1998 2004 99 359 .291 .380 .484 .864
3 Travis Lee 388 2003 2006 42 150 .261 .333 .424 .757
4 Casey Kotchman 146 2011 2011 10 48 .306 .378 .422 .800
5 Tino Martinez 138 2004 2004 23 76 .262 .362 .461 .823
6 Eduardo Perez 90 2004 2005 12 35 .246 .353 .467 .821
7 Chris Richard 13 2009 2009 0 0 .105 .261 .105 .366
8 Julio Franco 1 1999 1999 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/3/2012.
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