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Dodgers sign James Loney for $6.375 million

January 17, 2012 | 11:19 am

James Loney
The Dodgers and first baseman James Loney agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract for $6.375 million plus incentive bonuses, according to CAA Sports, the agency that represents Loney.

Loney made $4.875 million last year, when he hit .288 with 12 home runs and 65 RBIs. Loney, 27, is eligible for free agency after the coming season.

Loney's .416 slugging percentage last season was the third-lowest of any major league first baseman with at least 500 plate appearances. The only players trailing Loney: Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers, who could be displaced if the Rangers sign Prince Fielder, and Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants, who could be replaced by youngster Brandon Belt.

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— Bill Shaikin

Photo: James Loney. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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