Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With James Loney

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with first baseman James Loney on a deal worth $6.375MM plus performance bonuses, according to his agency CAA.  Clayton Kershaw is the team's lone remaining arbitration eligible player.


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  1. kimofromkauai 3 years ago

    Agreed, Loney is not worth the $$.  Dodgers would have been better off, long term and short term, by trading/non-tendering Loney and signing Fielder to a short term, highly backloaded contract with as much deferred money as possible.

    This would have helped the sale process and drawn a few more fans to the park.

    • bjsguess 3 years ago

      So Fielder is looking for a 10 year deal (although he will probably settle for 7-8 years) and your proposal is to offer him a short-term backloaded contract with deferred payments?

      The Dodgers are not in a position of leverage. There is no way that Fielder accepts that. Maybe short-term (if the dollars are huge). Maybe backloaded and/or deferred (if the contract is long). Good luck with getting everything.

      • kimofromkauai 3 years ago

        I would offer two year @ $30 each, with $15 each deferred.

        • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          For a total of $45.00. I’m sure Fielder would jump at that. Almost pays for lunch.

  2. Overpaid for Loney….

  3. Overpaid for Loney….

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      He would have got right around the same amount in arbitration, so that’s an empty comment.

  4. BrocNessMonster 3 years ago

    SShould have non tendered him, offered him $3.5MM, and if he went elsewhere, then Sands takes 1st and you have more money to spend.

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      And what does Sands do with first once he’s taken it? And where else do the Dodgers spend all those huge savings?

      • BrocNessMonster 3 years ago

        Sands would probably out produce Loney at a fraction of the cost, and maybe we xoukd sign some international players like we used to. Or spend it on the draft.

        • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

          Check Sands’ major league stats and get back to me on that. Never mind, I will do it for you: .253/.338/.389/.727
          Number of major league games played at first: 6
          Nice plan you got there.

  5. thehodgemanz 3 years ago

    Gag me.

  6. This appears to be too rich; I now believe that Kershaw will head to arbitration; the big issue is: Will he ask for Lincecum-type money?

    • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Where do you get that idea? The vast majority of players settle with their teams by splitting the difference. Hardly any go to arbitration.

  7. Doug Mientkiewicz must have been mad when he heard this.

  8. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    Would’ve rather non-tendered him and signed Pena. (Assuming Fielder isn’t happening, which seems a safe assumption.)

  9. Thank the lord…that he didn’t hit and run anyone today.

  10. Mike C. 3 years ago

    Loney is one of the worst five offensive first basemen in baseball.  Consistently so, too!  

    Non-tendered is without a doubt the way to have gone with this clown!

  11. StanleyPujols 3 years ago

    just stopped in to say “hahahhahahahahhahahaha”.  Ned Coletti is a terrible terrible terrible GM.  This was an obvious non-tender.

    • redlake 3 years ago

      you are wrong but keep laughing…it’s good to laugh

      • StanleyPujols 3 years ago

        There is nothing incorrect about my statement

  12. Tazisbk 3 years ago

    lighten up people. For the first time in 4 seasons, loney failed to drive in 90 runs. Hang him from a tree for getting into a prolonged slump. Loney will never put up   pujols like offensive numbers but he will be good for 85-90 RBI’s and a 285 average and outstanding defense. Take note students, he finished two percentage points from a gold glove. The Dodgers had the third best defense in the NL. How many errors did he save with those soft hands. Fielder on the other hand was last in fielding while his team was 11th in defense. Loney will produce next year but fielder will never be a good fielder, not that he cares. Six million for money is a decent deal. 

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