MLB rumors: Pittsburgh Pirates revisiting idea of signing James Loney

Oct 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) hits an RBI double during the fifth inning in game two of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Justin Morneau in free agency to the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in need of a first baseman. The team has attempted to trade for a replacement, but have yet to find a deal worth their while.

Because of that, they’ve turned back towards free agency, specifically James Loney who is still without a team:

Pirates are resuming talks here about possibly signing James Loney.

Loney had been cast-off once his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers ended with many assuming he was nothing more than a bust. However, a strong season with the Tampa Bay Rays changed that opinion and now Loney has become one of the more in demand free agent first baseman.

Tampa Bay has suggested they would love to have him back, but aren’t willing to overspend. Multiple other teams have inquired about Loney’s services as well, including the Pirates who seem to be one of the more intrigued clubs.

Topics: James Loney, Pittsburgh Pirates

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