We’re accustomed to reading of the exploits of power hitters in the KBO, with its high run-scoring environment.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Loney finds his power stroke, but at a minimum he figures to make for a tough out for pitchers facing the LG Twins.
But Loney soon found a spot with the Mets, who needed a replacement for Lucas Duda.
Loney ended the 2016 season with 366 plate appearances of .265/.307/.397 hitting.
Of the Tigers’ four bench pieces, three are versatile in the field, and the fourth is backup catcher Alex Avila.
Loney hasn’t played anything but first base since he saw some action in right field in 20, his first two years in the big leagues.
There was no immediate word if Loney has any opt-out date in his minor-league contract, allowing him to leave the organization if he’s not on the major-league roster by a certain date, or if another team desires him for its major-league roster.
Veteran first baseman James Loney has signed on with Korea’s LG Twins, Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap reports on Twitter.
Began the year in spring training on final season of a 3-year contract with Tampa Bay, but was informed in late March that he would not make the club and was given his unconditional release on 4/6…signed minors deal with San Diego on 4/8 and batted .342/.373/.424/.797 with 2 HR and 28 RBI in 43 G with El Paso (AAA) before he was traded to the Mets on 5/28 in exchange for cash considerations and had contract purchased on 5/31…hit .265 with 9 HR and 34 RBI over 100 games with the Mets, making a team-high 88 starts at 1st base…5 of his 9 HR either tied game or gave Mets a lead…with NYM, averaged a HR every 38.11 AB, best mark since his 2007 campaign (22.93 AB/HR) when he received Rookie of the Year votes…his tie-breaking 2-R HR off Mike Dunn in 7th inn.
on 6/3 at MIA (3rd game w/ NYM) was 100th of his career, 1st since 8/7/15, and 1st off a lefty since 5/3/15…had 14-game road hit streak, 6/29-8/7…HR in 2 straight, 9/28 at MIA and 10/1 at PHI, the latter providing GW RBI as Mets clinched Wild Card berth.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella know it will be impossible for them to replace Freddie Freeman's production.