Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila added plenty of depth in the offseason. Avila has brought in yet another reserve option. Detroit announced on Twitter the signing of James Loney to a minors deal.
Detroit Tigers fans didn’t see much Major League activity over the winter.
However, that was about it.
The team instead did the bulk of its work in bringing in players to serve as minor league depth.
Now, the Tigers are adding yet another minor league piece to act as insurance.
Detroit’s official Twitter account tweeted the following on Wednesday morning:
"“The #Tigers have signed first baseman James Loney to a minor league contract. He will report to extended spring training.”"
Loney, 32, was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2002 draft.
Both years the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship series.
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Loney was traded to Boston in the Adrian Gonzalez blockbuster in 2012, before reaching free agency.
He spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .291 while averaging 59 RBI, 25 doubles and nine home runs in 139 per season.
Loney played in 100 contests for the New York Mets last season, and owns a career 108 home runs and 669 RBI.
The veteran has turned in a wRC+ north of 100 six different times. He has also driven in more 75 runs on four different occasions.
First Base Option
He’ll give the Tigers some obvious depth behind Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera is clearly entrenched at first base, but the only other options at the position on the Major League roster are Andrew Romine and Alex Avila.
Victor Martinez could conceivably see time at first, but it remains to be seen if Detroit will use the team’s designated hitter in the field at any point in 2017.