The acquisition follows Lucas Duda’s placement on the disabled list.
The New York Mets have acquired San Diego Padres first baseman James Loney in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced Saturday.
Adam Rubin of ESPN was first to report the news.
The acquisition follows the placement of Mets starting first baseman Lucas Duda on the disabled list due to a lower back stress fracture. The team expects Duda to be out for four to six weeks.
After signing with the Padres last off–season, Loney hasn't made a major league appearance for the team. In 43 Triple A games for El Paso this season, Loney is batting .342 with two home runs and 28 RBIs.
Last season, in 104 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, Loney hit .280 with four home runs and 32 RBIs. Before Loney arrived in Tampa in 2013, he played one year with the Red Sox and seven years with the Dodgers, with whom he began his MLB career in 2006.
The Mets are in first place in the National League East entering Saturday’s home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Stanley Kay