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.
James Borchuck, MCT
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