Dodgers, Loney Avoid Arbitration

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with James Loney, agreeing to a one-year, $4.875MM deal, according to CAA, the first baseman's agency on Twitter. As MLBTR's Arb Tracker shows, Loney had filed for $5.25MM while the Dodgers offered $4.7MM.

Loney posted a .267/.329/.395 line last year. He doesn't have much power for a first baseman – his career-high in homers is 15 – but the former first rounder has been durable enough to stay on the field for 158 games or more from 2008-10. That consistency, plus Loney's RBI totals (he has 88 or more in each of the past three seasons) no doubt helped him negotiate with the Dodgers.

The sides settled slightly below the midpoint, but Loney will earn more than comparable players Kevin Kouzmanoff, Corey Hart and B.J. Upton did for their second year of arbitration eligibility, as CAA points out. Loney's relatively high salary makes him a non-tender candidate for the 2011-12 offseason, though the Dodgers can retain him through arbitration if they so choose.

Only six arbitration eligible players remain unsigned for 2011. Players and teams have each won one of the two arbitration hearings to take place so far this offseason.

30 Responses to Dodgers, Loney Avoid Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. monkeydung 4 years ago

    think the numbers are reversed. no?

  2. verybiasflfan 4 years ago

    did loney really file for Less than the Dodgers?

  3. ThinkBlue311 4 years ago

    If McCourt reeds this he’s gonna flip out. LOL

  4. dgrfns 4 years ago

    They must like him more than I thought! Maybe he really is blackmailing Ned!

  5. Maybe they can sell him to a Japanese team for $500k too…

    Please, Frank. Sell the team. If you ask nicely, Peter O’Malley may just take it from you.

  6. basemonkey 4 years ago

    Loney is going to be on my list of “Former Top Prospects Who Need to Breakout Now or Never” this year.

    I predict if he can’t make progress this year, he’ll leave the organization one way or another by 2012. He’s just getting too expensive in terms of MLB service time, while still being useful in the majors. Personally I think leaving Chavez Ravine will benefit him. His home park obviously masks a lot of his power, esp. earlier in his career.

    • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

      I think he needed to last year.. instead he regressed. Hopefully now he’s just a spotfiller until Sands can take over later this year or next year. Unless he somehow manages to actually find his power though I don’t see him taking a step back last year to taking two steps forward this year..

      • If he keeps his average at .300 or above like he did for the first half last year, continues to knock double after double, and can raise his RBI’s to 100… I will be completely happy with Loney despite his inevitable low HR total.

        • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

          I liked .300+ avg Loney though he dropped well below that last year in the second half. Hopefully he won’t be hitting in the #4 hole as much as he did last year so I don’t see his RBI total going up any, but maybe it will help his average

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          But he’s already a non-tender candidate for 2012, or so say the wise owls.

    • Basemonkey, Is Joba Chamberlain also on your list?

      If not, he should be.

      • basemonkey 4 years ago

        Well, I actually don’t put Joba on that list, only because I think what he is today is pretty much what he is, that is, a reliever with a pretty good strikeout quality fastball. He battles command between his slider and fastball, which will probably get better over time, and he might have a few strong above-average years here and there. At least with Joba, with all of his ups and downs, he still remains a serviceable and productive majorleaguer who will have a decent MLB career of some form. Whether that’s as a Yankee is probably unlikely at some point, but he is a majorleaguer.

        I only put Loney on my “list” because, it’s arguable about him having an MLB career at all. As soon as his service time starts becoming a cost-liability and starts working against him, clubs might opt either: A. Find a cheaper solution, or B. Give the next the young up-and-comer a shot. If he doesn’t reach his promise, he at least needs to be able to perform just well enough that he offsets his cost, and betters the performance of either of those other options. We’re already hearing longtime Loney-supporters starting to back off a little and willing to give the prospect(s) behind him an opportunity.

        That said, the question to me isn’t if the talent is real or not. It obviously is. The question is where is the right opportunity. Is he gonna be another Dallas McPherson and eventually find himself out of chances? Or, is he going to be another Carlos Peña who will find his stride after he finds the right organization, circumstances, and ballpark?

  7. It’d be real nice right about now to have McDonald & Lambo instead of 2 horrendous months of Dotel. Nice trade, Ned.

  8. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    I’m not supporting the trade for Dotel.. but why do we need McDonald and Lambo..? And how did this post pop this thought into your head..?

    • Lambo has the size and power for 1B. He’d be decent in LF for a few years too, I suppose.

      • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

        Gotcha, just wondering. I like Sands taking over at 1B and Robinson taking over in LF assuming they’ll be ready at the same time. Hopefully by next year.

        • BlueSkyLA
          BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

          We don’t know if either of these guys will hit even two bucks in the bigs. Neither one has even played at triple-A level yet. A little early to be penciling them into a major league lineup, don’t you think?

          • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

            Didn’t catch the “hopefully” ey?

          • BlueSkyLA
            BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            Sure. That’s why I said “penciled in.” But I didn’t miss that you are anticipating two low-A prospects to be ready for starting positions next year. Seems like a formula for disappointment to me, since so many top prospects wash out even before they make the bigs, or become targets for criticism when they do, but don’t live up to the fans’ wildest expectations. Like James Loney, for example.

  9. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    ^This was suppose to be a reply..

  10. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    ^So was that..

  11. Chris Montgomery 4 years ago

    this guy sucks, who cares about this????

    • phoenix2042 4 years ago

      he has grit. tony larussa approves. maybe he can take over after albert leaves.

  12. dgrfns 4 years ago

    If Loney played in Texas I think he would have way better numbers than Young. Young can’t hit on the road and Loney has always had about twice as much power on the road.

  13. Michael Young’s numbers are far better and he doesn’t ground into as many DP’s as Loney. And those numbers are more than acceptable for a middle infielder but not for a first baseman. They should give him a catchers glove.

  14. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    Young plays in a hitter friendly park, Loney a pitcher friendly. Agreed on the point that his stats aren’t good enough to be a firstbaseman

  15. Just because Young played 3B last year that doesn’t preclude him from being a middle infielder. If Jeff Kent can play 2B until he retires, so can the more agile Michael Young.

    And by numbers I meant to say, ‘Career’ numbers. My bad.

  16. Comparing Loney’s career numbers to Young’s 2010 numbers sure is fair.

  17. phoenix2042 4 years ago

    i agree with your argument, notsureifsrs, but you need to check your math. player B has a .160 ISO, not .148. is that young btw? i could always go check on fangraphs… but really who does research themselves these days? blanket statements are all the rage right now.

  18. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    And Young has always played in hitter friendly Texas and Loney has only what.. 3 full seasons under his belt? Fair comparison

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