Padres trade James Loney to Mets for cash

Rays 1B James Loney

The San Diego Padres have traded veteran 1B James Loney, signed earlier this season to a minor-league contract, to the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

Loney was hitting .342 with 2 HRs and 28 RBIs in 44 games with the Padres’ triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The Mets were searching for a viable starter at first base after putting Lucas Duda on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Loney was signed by the Padres as a backup plan, in case of a Wil Myers injury or if Brett Wallace’s early-season struggles continued. Myers has remained healthy enough to start off of the disabled list, for the first time in three years, and Wallace has posted an OPS of .855 in the month of May.

James Loney had an opt-out clause in his contract that would’ve allowed for him to sign with the Mets are a free agent, leaving the Padres with nothing, so any cash considerations the team gets should be considered a bonus.

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