The Los Angeles Dodgers finally have their second baseman, but he is not the one most expected he would be.
On Monday, the Dodgers acquired Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jose De Leon one of their top pitching prospects.
Forsythe, who is 30, last season hit .265 with 20 homers, 52 RBIs, 24 doubles, 76 runs scored and 6 stolen bases. Time on the disabled list limited the second baseman to just 127 games.
In prior years, Forsythe has been a utility player, but became an everyday player at second base with two strong seasons in 2015 and last year. This season he plays on a club option of $8.5 million and will be a free agent following just one season in Los Angeles, unless offered an extension that he accepts.
Los Angeles has been attempting to fill the void it had at second base since the World Series concluded. Most of the offseason, the Dodgers were rumored to be attempting to acquire Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, but talks between the two clubs stalled for the past couple of weeks and the most recent reports said the two teams were at an impasse.
Because of that, the Dodgers made the move to acquire Forsythe from the Rays, who last season was the team’s leadoff hitter.
De Leon gives Tampa Bay more depth in the starting rotation. Baseball pundits had considered him as a top 25 prospect for all of baseball prior to last season.
In De Leon’s 16 starts in Triple-A, his ERA was 2.61 with 111 strikeouts across 86 1/3 innings. However, his short stint with the Dodgers did not go that well, but his upside remains high.
Tampa Bay general manager Erik Neander said the team was excited about acquiring someone it considers one of the best prospects in all of baseball.
Neander said De Leon’s makeup was tremendous along with his character. He added that De Leon’s personality both on and off the diamond was something the team was very excited about.
De Leon is expected to join the Rays starting rotation soon.
If he does emerge as a strong option in the rotation, the Rays will likely trade one veteran starter such as Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb or Chris Archer.