I've seen a few trade rumors swirling around about Dodgers' 1B James Loney. The Dodgers need some power in their line-up, someone to protect Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Generally, you'd like to see some power out of the corner infielders, but the Dodgers aren't getting that from Loney or 3B Casey Blake.
From SI.com's Tom Verducci:
Loney represents a good example of the chance to buy low on a player. His batting average, slugging and OPS have dropped three straight years. Teams generally like to see more power out of first base; Loney never has hit more than 15 home runs in a season. But Loney will be just 26 on Opening Day this year and is a veteran of almost 2,500 major league plate appearances.Will the Dodgers move Loney? Ned Colletti's got the starting rotation nearly complete, can he find some players to score runs for them? Loney seems like the guy with the most trade value besides Kemp, Ethier, Kerhsaw, or Billingsley, four guys who probably aren't going anywhere.
Here's what so encouraging about the thought of getting Loney out of Dodger Stadium and experiencing a breakout season: He hit 41 doubles last year and has been a much better hitter in his career on the road (.307 with a .854 OPS) than at home (.268 with a .711 OPS). He should interest the Rays, Jays, Nationals and Diamondbacks.
So, is there a good James Loney trade out there for Ned to make without creating another hole?