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Monday, December 6, 2010
Source: Cubs interested in James Loney

By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Trying to fill a major void at first base, the Chicago Cubs have had a few conversations with the Los Angeles Dodgers about left-handed hitter James Loney, according to a major league source.

The Cubs first inquired about Loney at the general managers meetings on Nov. 15-17, according to the source. At that time the Cubs were told that the Dodgers were not moving Loney.

That did not appear to be the case Monday when sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Dodgers were talking to the Brewers about getting Prince Fielder from Milwaukee for Loney and embattled closer Jonathan Broxton. But another source quickly shot down the viability of that deal.

Loney, 26, hit .267 with 10 home runs and 88 RBIs last season. A lifetime .288 hitter, he is considered a solid defensive first baseman with limited range and below average running speed.

Loney could be projected for much better power numbers in Wrigley Field, a ballpark where a line-drive hitter can hit home runs as opposed to cavernous Dodger Stadium.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.