Loney Was Best Possible Available Option For Mets

James Loney might not have been the best player the Mets could have gotten to replace Lucas Duda at first base for the next two months, but considering how they do things he was the best possible option.

The Mets considered several internal options – including Wilmer Flores – but acted with unusual swiftness for them by getting Loney, 32, from San Diego for cash.

LONEY: Best available choice. (AP)

LONEY: Best available choice. (AP)

I would have preferred Adam LaRoche, but the speculated cost in coaxing him out of retirement from the White Sox would probably have been too high. However, I definitely prefer Loney over a mix-and-match platoon of Eric Campbell and Flores. He’s also a better option than moving Michael Conforto or David Wright to new positions.

“Loney was an immediate, obvious possibility in terms of ease of acquisition and a variety of things,” GM Sandy Alderson told reporters. “We had someone go and look at James a couple of games last week and earlier in the month. We felt this was the right move for us at the moment.

“We felt we needed another left-handed bat. James doesn’t have a lot of power. He hasn’t demonstrated that, but we’ve got that elsewhere in the lineup. He’s someone who hits from the left side, a contact hitter, doesn’t strike out a lot. He could be a nice fit for us.”

Manager Terry Collins, whose roots are in the Dodger system as are Loney’s, has known him for 15 years.

“He’ll add a nice dimension to us,” Collins said. “He’s a very good first baseman. He’s a good offensive player. He’s not necessarily a big power guy. He’s a tremendous guy in the clubhouse.”

Loney was released by the Rays this spring and had been with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, Texas, where he was hitting .342 with two homers and 28 RBI in 158 at-bats.

Loney was to make $9.6 million this year, but because he was released by the Rays, the Mets are responsible for the pro-rated major league minimum for him.

All in all, it was the best possible deal the Mets could have made.


5 thoughts on “Loney Was Best Possible Available Option For Mets

  1. he will be serviceable. make the plays on the field, contribute some hits maybe a few doubles. i guess anyone in triple A with similar potential would have costed more. plus i’m sure the hope is it doesnot last much beyond (150-200) AB’s…. or maybe Wilmer gets hot with the bat if he isnt playing 3b and his offense at 1b outweighs the defense.

    tough loss tonight after tying it in the 8th…. at least there is no controversy about jeurys being used in a game that should have been over, the night before…

  2. Tough series …. you can say thor should have known better…. you can also say the mgr should have made it clear, this was not the time or place.. there are two guys behind jeurys who have been successful closers for a full season or more. no need to be burning familia out, imho.

    harvey looks good. most of the hitters have probably never seen him. if he can keep this up for a few starts i guess we can exhale a sigh of relief.

    did anyone else out there find doc to be almost unrecognizable?