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Texas Rangers Release James Loney

Rangers trim roster, release veteran first baseman James Loney

The Texas Rangers announced early Monday afternoon that they had parted ways with James Loney. The 32-year-old had struggled mightily in Spring Training, hitting just .174 with eight hits in 46 at-bats. Since being traded from the Dodgers in 2012, Loney had struggled to stay healthy and remain consistent.

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The Rangers would've been his fourth team since 2012, along with Boston, Tampa Bay and New York. In 100 games with the Mets last year, Loney slashed .265/.307/.397, but of his 91 hits, only 26 were extra-base hits. It was unlikely he would beat out Mike Napoli for the starting job, but it wasn't out of the question for him to stick either as a reserve or in Triple-A.

Despite the concerns about durability and his abysmal spring, Loney is still likely to find a spot prior to Opening Day. He may not earn himself a big league contract, but it seems reasonable to believe that there is a team that will take a chance on him as a minor league contract. There's some degree of hope that he could turn it around and become a consistent player again, but if nothing else he would provide strong veteran depth and major league experience which could be valuable for a playoff team down the stretch.


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