Tampa Bay Rays release first baseman James Loney

Lake Charles, Louisiana
April 3, 2016 6:37pm CST
Associated Press reports on Sunday the Tampa Bay Rays have released their first baseman James Loney. Loney is now a free agent that will be paid his $8 million dollar salary that the Rays owe him for the 2016 baseball season. The Rays will have Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce as their first basemen during the 2016 baseball season. Loney had a batting average of .280 during the 2015 baseball season which was his third season with the Rays. It is likely that Loney will be picked up by another team in the Major Leagues that will be needing a left handed hitter on their team in 2016 but they will likely pay him the minimum salary to play baseball for their team. Loney has played in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2012, the Boston Red Sox in 2012 and the Tampa Bay Rays from 2013-2015. Rotoworld reported the news that the Rays informed Loney he would not be on th Opening Day roster last week. There was no team in the Major Leagues that was interested in making a trade with the Rays and take on his $8 million dollar salary.
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@JohnRoberts (42306)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Apr 16
I am surprised. I get the move but Loney had been good with the Rays. You are right he will be picked up by another team especially at minimum wage. Can you imagine. He was essentially fired and collects his $8 million anyway.
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• Lake Charles, Louisiana
4 Apr 16
I was shocked that the Rays would release Loney on Sunday despite his .280 batting average which is pretty good for a player his age.