Dodgers get their Logan
Everyone can now put to rest who the Dodger 2nd baseman will be in 2017 as the Dodgers acquired Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays. The one-time utility player for the San Diego Padres found a Justin Turner type renaissance with the Rays and has been the starting second baseman for the Rays the past two years.
Forsythe meets all the criteria the Dodgers were looking for.
- 2nd baseman
- Right handed
- Hits left hand pitching extremely well
- Under team control for at least two years
- Has a nice contract
Some 2016 Forsythe notes:
- After the all-star break Forsythe high point OPS was .831 on Sept 11th.
- He finished the season 14 for 80 which brought his OPS down to the final .778
- He did have a one little and one big injury last year resulting in 127 games started
- Missed four games due to back spasms in August
- Hairline fracture of his left shoulder put him on the DL 5/14 – he returned 6/10
The price could be high as they sent Jose DeLeon to the Rays but it filled a huge hole. DeLeon will be very close to his Puerto Rican home as he hopes to make a name for himself in the tough AL East.
Here is the Dodger press release information:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher José De León.
Forsythe, 30, has combined to slug 57 doubles, 37 homers and drive in 120 runs in 280 games with Tampa Bay over the past two seasons, including batting .264 with 52 RBI and setting career-best marks with 20 home runs, four triples and 76 runs scored as the Rays’ primary leadoff hitter in 127 games last year. In 2015, batting in the middle of the Rays’ lineup, Forsythe led Tampa Bay qualifiers in batting average (.281), on-base percentage (.359) and slugging percentage (.444), while posting a .299/.373/.599 slashline against left-handers. His slugging percentage against lefties (.599) ranked third in the American League in 2015, behind only Nelson Cruz (.673) and Josh Donaldson (.632).
Forsythe has a .255 career batting average with 55 homers and 203 RBI in 618 games in six big-league seasons with the Padres (2011-13) and Rays (2014-16) after being selected by San Diego in the first round (46th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arkansas. The Tennessee native has primarily appeared at second base during the course of his career (.980 fielding percentage in 456 games), but has also seen work at third base (56 games), first base (27 games), shortstop (19 games) and outfield (16 games).
De León, who was rated as the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect by Baseball America, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts in his first big-league action in 2016. The 24-year-old native of Puerto Rico went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City last year and has posted a 23-13 career record with a 3.35 ERA in 67 games (64 starts) in four minor league seasons in the Los Angeles organization after being selected in the 24th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Southern University.