The Rangers signed veteran infielder James Loney to a minor league deal that includes a $1 million bonus if he makes the major league roster, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
Loney, 32, had a productive season with the Mets in 2016, hitting .265/.307/.397 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs over 100 games.
Though Loney hasn’t fared well against left-handed pitchers in his career, he could be a candidate to earn a spot on Texas’ roster with a solid spring.
Here’s the latest from around the American League West:
- The Angels signed Luis Valbuena to a two-year deal Friday, filling a clear need for a veteran and effective right-handed hitter.
- Oakland was able to re-sign free agent reliever Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite.
- Houston is interested in White Sox starter Jose Quintana, but he might not be worth the prospects Chicago wants in return.
- Seattle’s minor league system didn’t fare well in ESPN’s Keith Law’s latest farm system rankings.
- Shin-Soo Choo is reportedly OK with serving as the team’s DH, so watch for more of that in 2017.