The New York Mets have acquired first baseman James Loney from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations.
Loney, 32, was hitting .342 (54-158), with 22 runs scored, seven doubles, two home runs and 28 RBI in 43 games with El Paso (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He had .373 on-base percentage with San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate. Tampa Bay released the lefthanded-hitter on April 3 and he signed with the Padres on April 8.
The 6-3, 235-pounder batted .280 (101-361) with 16 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI in 104 games with Tampa Bay in 2015. He was the second-toughest player in the AL to strikeout at 11.41 plate appearances per strikeout (min. 300 plate appearances).
In 2014, he had a 73-game errorless streak at first base and collected a career-high 174 hits with the Rays.
In 10 seasons in the majors, Loney has hit .285 (1,334-4,680) with 251 doubles, 20 triples, 99 home runs, 635 RBI and compiled a .338 on-base percentage with the Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox.
In 22 career postseason games, Loney has hit .354 (28-79) with three home runs and 16 RBI.