Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) at bat against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

James Loney Signs With Rays, Potentially Forcing Milwaukee's Hand

A few minutes ago, it was reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that free agent James Loney had agreed to a three year, $21 million dollar deal with the Rays.

Loney was said to be the free agent first baseman the Brewers had been targeting, but it was reported yesterday that they were refusing to offer him more than a two year deal.

Now that Loney is off the board, Milwaukee’s footing in trade negotiations with the Mets for Ike Davis has turned from shaky to quicksand.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has been reluctant to part with right handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg, who the Mets are requesting in exchange for Davis.  That may change now.

Additionally, the Pirates are also in need of a first baseman.  There haven’t been any reports of the Mets seriously engaging Pittsburgh in talks for Davis, but it’s been noted that the Pirates have done some background work on Davis – which indicates their interest.

By being patient, Sandy Alderson has once again found himself in a favorable negotiating position.  There are two teams in need, and Alderson has the best available chip.

It would be extremely surprising if the Ike Davis saga isn’t resolved in the next few days, with the Mets on the receiving end of another good deal.


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  • Bill

    I’m wondering if the other side of the coin is that another team is off the table for Alderson to work with and those few (MIL and PIT) that need a first baseman can play the same game – “you got a couple guys to give, where else are you going to go?”, knowing that he really can’t keep both of them?

    • Ken Meoni

      A three team trade would work, without a doubt. I didn’t think of that. Expand it to multiple players. Could turn into a major trade. Toronto still needs players to fill spots, maybe get them involved as the third team. There is pressure there for them to do something else and maybe JPR should get involved.

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  • Herb G

    Problem is the Brewers don’t seem to have anyone other than Thornburg that might be remotely tradeable and that we should accept. The one other piece I see that might be desirable is Will Smith, who they got from KC in the Aoki trade. I wonder if they will relent on Thornburg in the next day or two.