Friday, December 01, 2006

James Loney Desperate for ABs with LA Dodgers

As if the Dodgers outfield wasn't filled with enough wannabees -- including Jayson Werth, Jason Repko, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp -- 1B prospect James Loney has begun practicing with deep flies , liners and major league pops in the hope of picking up a few ABs in left next season. After batting .284 with six doubles, five triples and four homers in just 102 ABs in '06, it's a shame Loney has no place to play. Nomar Garciaparra is entrenched at first base, and while Garciaparrra likely could make a transition to the outfield easier than Loney, there's no way the Dodgers would move Garciaparra there, nor would Garciaparra want to, no matter how many times the subject continues to come up.