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The Loney Saga Continues

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I like to think of myself as a rational person, probably a little too much. If Russell Martin is hitting .210 in mid June, I'm just going to wave it off as "small sample size". Despite this, there's something about the start of the season that makes me throw reason out the window. While the logical part of my mind was saying "this is no different from any two game losing streak" part of me was screaming "Oh my God, we may never win a game this season!", so it was nice to get that one out of the way. As terrible as this series seemed, is there really any shame to taking one of three from one of the top teams in the NL? Take me calling the Brewers a great team as either an endorsement of their team or a disparagement of the league as a whole.

Meanwhile, the James Loney situation has escalated and while he isn't demanding a trade, he is suggesting one. Maybe things will work themselves out, but right now it looks like losing James Loney is a definite possibility. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with trading a player, all that matters is who you get back. There are about five players in baseball I consider untradeable, and Loney isn't one of them. If Ned Colletti got a nice, young player back for Loney, I'd be perfectly willing to let him go. If he gets back "13 game winner" Livan Hernandez, I might be a bit upset.

What I'm worried about is that Loney might not have all that much trade value. He's already at the far end of the defensive spectrum, and right now, he doesn't hit for the power expected by a first baseman. Young first basemen naturally have less trade value since the position can be filled by almost any player in baseball. Other teams could have the same reservations about Loney that I do: he's a nice player to have around, but do we really want to start paying him when he gets expensive? Oh, and he's a malcontent now, can't forget that.

All of this is just idle speculation, and a lot could be resolved if Nomar's groin explodes in the next week, so there's about a 50/50 chance all will be well. Even so, it would be quite a shame to lose a guy who we watched struggle for three years before finally breaking out, just before we can use him.