James Loney’s Asking Price a Reminder of Russell Martin

Today we heard that James Loney is the top target for the Pirates at first base. In that article I posted an update from Jeff Passan that Loney was seeking three years and $27-30 M per year.

What a player is asking for and what a player eventually receives are two totally different things. As an example, last year Russell Martin was reported to be asking for a four-year deal at $9-10 M per year, which is where Loney started this year.

Martin signed two days after that tweet, getting two years and $8.5 M per year. I don’t know if that means Loney will eventually get what Martin received. What I do know is that if there was a team willing to give Loney $9-10 M per year, he probably would have already taken that deal. My guess is that Loney will sign for $7-8 M per year, and might be young enough to get a three-year deal.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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