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Mets acquire James Loney from Padres

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Despite a down year in 2015, Loney has been a league-average hitter throughout his career.

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The Mets have acquired left-handed first baseman James Loney from the Padres in exchange for cash considerations. Loney has hit .342/.373/.424 in 169 plate appearances with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate this year.

For the past week, Mets fans have been treated to the offensive production of Eric Campbell, the club's third option at first base behind Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores. Despite a three-RBI game that included a home run on Tuesday, the Mets have searched for another option at first to fill in while Duda recovers from a stress fracture in his lower back. Loney figures to be the starting first basemen for the next few days, at least until Flores completes his rehab assignment returning from a hamstring injury.

Despite a down year in 2015 where he put up a .680 OPS, Loney has been a league-average hitter throughout his career. Since debuting with the Dodgers in 2006, Loney has a career line of .280/.338/.411. He has significant but not insane platoon splits with a .783 OPS against right-handed pitchers and a .653 OPS against lefties throughout his career.

Flores, by contrast, had a .955 OPS against lefties last year over 105 plate appearances to go with a .637 OPS against right-handers. It is unclear what the Mets plan to do with Loney when Flores returns, but a platoon situation could be in order while Duda remains on the shelf.