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Should the Pirates go after James Loney?


Loney, after a disappointing season in LA (.723 OPS), is an outside candidate to be non-tendered by the Dodgers. Tim at Piratesprospects talks a bit about Loney, basically saying his road splits would make him a pretty good target for the Pirates, in hopes of a bounce back year as Loney is only 26.

I don't think there's even a slight chance the Dodgers don't at least get something for Loney. If Coletti doesn't want him, he'll know someone will and shop him accordingly. The Pirates should, at the very very least, make a call to see of his availability (Though I have a hard time believing Loney didn't come up at least once in discussions at the deadline).

There's several reasons I would LOVE to have James Loney come here.

1. As noted, his road splits have always been better, so leaving Dodger Stadium could improve his weak power numbers.

2. This may be the one and only opportunity to acquire him, at his prime. He's 26, and has hit better in each of the past 2 and a half seasons he has been in the majors, prior to this season. One would think that entering the age he is and switching parks, he'd almost certainly have to improve on last year's performance.

3. He'd be a positive upgrade on defense at 1B. This season 1.3 UZR, 2009 he had a 2.3 UZR. Loney also finished 3rd in the NL in fielding %. He doesn't appear to be an outstanding defender, but certainly an upgrade and a reason for management to keep Walker and Pedro where they are now, which is their stated preference.

4. Because he doesn't put up gawdy, flashy numbers as a 1B, he'll relatively cheap for the level of production he's capable of putting up. They rarely look at solid defense or ability to draw a walk as reasons for a huge raise. Loney also isn't a FA until 2013.

5. To me, he'd be a great fit long-term. He's a complementary player. A player like Loney is league average and for a small-market team sometimes that's okay. From what I've read, Loney seems to be a "team player" and a good organizational guy to have.

All in all, I'd be willing to make a trade for Loney's rights. I think pretty highly of, I'm sure others on here may not, others may even think higher of him than I do. I'd be willing to give up a prospect along the lines of Diego Moreno to get him here.

Thoughts? Feelings?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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