Loney was granted his release by the Braves on Monday.
With the Braves bringing Matt Adams to fill their void at first base, Loney saw the writing on the wall that his services were no longer needed.
That said, I think Bell has a better chance to develop power than Loney, who always tantalized but never really even did enough of that to make you believe in his ability to hit 15 home runs consistently.
Loney agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves on Thursday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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They feel they can get by with what they have on the big-league roster, though, so Loney will camp out until needed.
They'll piece together work at first base with Rio Ruiz and Jace Peterson, who may also share third base until Adonis Garcia (Achilles) returns. Loney will report to Triple-A Gwinnett, Mark Bowman of reports.
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