Rays Notes: The James Loney Trade Market

By Mat Germain
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Oct 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter

Albert Pujols

(5) looks down in the dugout during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers defeat the Angels 9-2 and clinch the American League West division. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels

They just traded for Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar and still need to find someone who can man 1B while Albert Pujols rests his surgically repaired foot, something that’s going to cost him 5 months or so.

While the Angels are going to want to find a short-term fix, they also want it to be someone serviceable that will give them a shot to win. With Loney being on a short-term deal, they can trade for him, hope he regains his value, and then flip him elsewhere once Pujols proves healthy.

They have the money, they have the need, and they certainly have the will to trade for Loney. On top of it all, the only pertinent prospects they have are at the lowest end of the minors. In their case, you could expect the Rays to be happy acquiring one or two prospects from below the LoA level.