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

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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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