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Winter Meetings Day 1 morning news: James Loney to Rays, Shohei Otani mulling choices

The Dodgers' former first baseman will play next year in Tampa, while the 18-year old pitching prospect is mulling whether or not to stay in Japan.

Why the sit in isn't still used as a negotiating tactic.
Why the sit in isn't still used as a negotiating tactic.
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Former Dodgers first baseman James Loney has found a home, as he will sign a one-year deal with the Rays. As first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports last night, Loney will head to Tampa Bay. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported the deal was worth $2 million, with potential for an additional $1 million in incentives.

Quite the drop from the $6.375 million Loney made last season. But that's what happens when you hit .249/.293/.336 with six home runs in 144 games.

In other Dodgers-related news, Shohei Otani will decide this week whether or not to play in Japan in 2013, per NHK News. The Dodgers are one of several teams interested in Otani, who met on Monday with the Nippon Ham Fighters, who are trying to convince him to stay in Japan, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

If you were wondering about potential Zack Greinke fallback options, Anibal Sanchez wants a reported $90 million over six years. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the agent for the right-hander said his client would be "insulted" by the Tigers' offer of $48 million over four years.

Alex Rodriguez needs surgery on his left hip, which he re-injured before the playoffs, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, and could be out until June or later. It adds the Yankees as a potential suitor for a third baseman, whether that hot corner help is a free agent like Kevin Youkilis or a trade target like Chase Headley.

The Padres will signed Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million deal, per Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mike Napoli has a three-year deal with the Red Sox, per Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston. Heyman reports the deal is worth $39 million.

The pre-integration committee at the Hall of Fame on Monday morning inducted former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, former umpire Hank O'Day, and 19th century player Deacon White to Cooperstown.

The best national broadcast crew in baseball, Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser of ESPN, will be joined next season in the booth by John Kruk on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Kruk replaces Terry Francona, who now manages the Indians. Kruk will likely be a better announcer than he is an analyst, but I think ESPN would have been better served keeping Shulman and Herhsiser as a two-man booth.

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports floated a trade rumor between the Rockies and Reds of center fielder Dexter Fowler for pitcher Homer Bailey. That would only be good news for the Dodgers and Adrian Gonzalez, as the first baseman in his career has hit .533 (8 for 15) with five home runs and two doubles against Bailey.

Finally, Dan Gladden's daughter Ashley and Garry Gaetti's son Joe were married in Scottsdale on Saturday. Sounds like Twincest to me.