The Mets have acquired first baseman James Loney from the Padres in exchange for cash considerations, as first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. Loney has been playing with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso and had a rolling opt-out if any major-league teams had interest in adding him to their 25-man roster.
The Mets have been rumored to have interest in Loney all week in the wake of the team losing first baseman Lucas Duda to a season-ending back injury. New York did not have any strong internal candidates to take over at first base, causing them to look outside the organization for a replacement.
Loney, 32, was released by the Rays after not making the team in spring training and signed a minor-league deal with San Diego on April 8. His deal included a provision that would allow him to leave El Paso for any major-league opportunities, with the Padres having the right of first refusal if they wanted him on their major-league roster.
Loney hit .342/.373/.424 with two home runs and 28 RBI in 43 games for El Paso. The 10-year major-league veteran is earning $8 million this year from the Rays, who signed him to a 3-year, $21 million deal before the 2014 season. New York will likely only have to pay him a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum salary for the rest of the season.