Former Rays 1B James Loney joins Padres
UPDATE, 2;21: Loney told the Tampa Bay Times that he was pleased with how the situation worked out, with the added bonus of him living in the San Diego area, and said there is no set timeframe for him to be called up:
"I feel great where I'm at now and so ecstatic to be able to play the game I love. I did not like missing opening day, but I am embracing this new journey I am on. I will go down there and play and let the Padres determine when they are ready to call me up.''
Loney said his primary point in finding a new home was the amout of playing time, and "the dialogue the Padres conveyed to me was something I was comfortable with.''
DEVELOPING: Former Rays 1B James Loney has found a new home - signing a minor-league deal with the Padres.
Loney was released on opening day by the Rays, who opted to go with new acquisitions Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce at 1B. The Rays are responsible for Loney's $8-million salary.
Loney, who tweeted the news after initial reports surfaced late Thursday, will initially go to the minors but is expected to be promoted within a short time.