Loney is a lifetime .285 hitter who can hit the occasional long ball, is well-known for playing pretty good defense at 1st base, comes cheap and I believe wants to prove that he still belongs in the big leagues. In other words, this move was a no-brainer:
The New York Mets have acted swiftly to offset the loss of first baseman Lucas Duda, acquiring veteran James Loney in a trade with the San Diego Padres, the team announced Saturday. The Padres will receive cash considerations.
The Rays released Loney on April 3 and are still responsible for his salary, meaning the Mets will be on the hook for only a prorated portion of the major league minimum for this season.
Loney, 32, had been playing with Triple-A El Paso in the Padres organization. He was hitting .342 with two homers and 28 RBIs in 158 at-bats with the Pacific Coast League club.