Consider it a polite trade request. James Loney’s agent, Joe Urbon, suggested a trade to the Dodgers as a possible option.
I am not sure what good can come of the request/public statement. If Ned Colletti is going to trade a very promising young player, he’s going to do it on his own terms and timetable. Loney’s agent going public isn’t going to force the team into action. Ryan Howard, once trapped in a similar situation, made a trade request and it mostly served to damage his image. 58 home runs has certainly erased that though.
Who could use a slick-fielding 0-3 first baseman with a .295/.351/.470 PECOTA? The Orioles could, though they’d have to unload a few corner types first. The Red Sox or Yankees could use him too. He’ll probably stay put but could be the top trading chip if Nomar is healthy and the Dodgers need something this summer.