Monday, March 26, 2007

Loney to Get Boned Again

From Steve Henson at the L.A. Times:

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — First baseman James Loney and third baseman Andy La Roche are projected as the corner infielders of the future for the Dodgers, but they might be the corner outfielders of the present at triple-A Las Vegas.

Barring a last-minute change of heart by the front office, Loney and La Roche will return to the minors, team sources said. Although the primary reason is that veterans are standing in their way, they might as well try to become proficient outfielders while waiting their turn.

Ridiculous! (If true.) What more does a guy have to do to prove he belongs in the majors?

The most frustrating thing? It kind of makes sense. I'm a Nomar fan, but moving him off first is asking for trouble. No other position for Loney makes sense, so he might as well get some hacks in the minors instead of rotting on the bench.

Hang in there, James! And Ned—don't even think about trading Loney. Last time we traded a first base prospect, it didn't work out so hot for us.


Anonymous said...

Didn't we trade away Choi ... oh yeah, nobody wanted him.

Steve Sax said...

Are you talking Konerko?

Or Steve Garvey?

Hallux Valgus said...

"Although the primary reason is that veterans are standing in their way"

That's the part that bugs me. It's not like longtime Dodgers are standing in the way- it's guys that Ned acquired seemingly for the sole purpose for standing in the way.

I like Nomar, but I'm all for moving him to third. He's as likely to get hurt there as he is playing first or DH or swatting at a mosquito on an off day, and there's not one conceivable reason why Loney hasn't earned a shot.