James Borchuck, MCT
February 19, 2013
James Loney is by far the least explosive bat of the AL East first basemen. Playing with the Dodgers and Red Sox last year, he batted .249 with just 6 homers and 41 RBIs in 434 at-bats.
The Rays signed him to one-year, $2 million contract in the offseason hoping that his glove will improve their infield defense, which was sub-par last year.
A successful season for Loney would entail him improving his average and peppering the gaps with doubles. But he's never hit more than 15 homers in a season (and that was back in 2007), so don't expect the 28-year-old to suddenly become a long ball threat.