As the match up for the American League Championship series is now set for Saturday, the eliminated Tampa Bay Rays have their eyes set on keeping a couple players on board for next years run.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox first baseman James Loney is a man on Tampa Bay’s must keep list according to the Tampa Tribune. He agree’d to a one year contract last Winter that was worth around $2 million and they got exactly what they paid for and more.
Loney had a great season defensively and made a little bit of noise with his bat as well. This season he hammered 13 long balls with 75 RBI’s on a .299/.348/.430 batting line through 158 games. He was two shy of tying his career high but boosted his numbers from his previous season between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
Loney could expect a slight raise.
The other man who Tampa Bay is interested in keeping is pitcher Fernando Rodney. Rodney blew almost 10 saves this season but posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. The contract they would offer him could be slightly lower than his previous contract.