According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers and first baseman James Loney have agreed on a one-year minor league deal. While Heyman doesn’t specify how much Loney’s minors deal is worth, he does note that he’d get $1 million if he makes it to the Rangers’ Major League roster.
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Rangers sign James loney to minors deal. $1M if in majors.
James Loney is coming off of a pretty strange 2016 season with the Mets. It started out well with Loney getting off to a hot start early on. As we noted in his Mets Season in Review, in the first month with the club, Loney was one of the best Mets hitters. He posted an OPS of .814 while slugging .471 in the month of June.
That hot streak didn’t last long as his line of .257/.287/.369 during the second half of the season was more closely to what everyone expected. In the end, the Mets used Loney way too much and like De Aza kept him around longer than he was actually needed.
As far as the Mets go, the odds that they would consider another run at James Loney seemed extremely unlikely. There were never any rumors about a reunion between the two parties, and frankly that’s probably for the best.