The Los Angeles Dodgers have finally found their new second baseman for the 2017 MLB season. The Dodgers traded pitching prospect Jose De Leon to the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire 30-year-old Logan Forsythe.
Dodgers acquire Logan Forsythe
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers sent Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay in a surprising deal on Monday. LA was being linked with Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins and Ian Kinsler of Detroit Tigers. However, the two teams were looking for more so the Dodgers decide to trade for Logan Forsythe.
The Dodgers are now ready for the 2017 MLB season with Forsythe as the starting second baseman. The 30-year-old right-hander hit .264 last season with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs in just 127 games. He was also the Rays’ leadoff hitter.
On the other hand, De Leon is the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect heading into the new season. He made his major league debut late last season wherein he posted a 2-0 record with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. He was the Dodgers 24th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Rays reveal that trade was not on their offseason plan
Tampa Bay general manager Erik Neander told MLB.com that they were not planning to trade Logan Forsythe this offseason. However, the Dodgers presented a very good offer they cannot refuse. The Rays needed a starting pitcher heading into the season.
“We had every intention of Logan being on our club until this presented itself and felt like this is the best decision for our organization moving forward,” Neander said.
“We are very excited to add Jose De Leon to the Rays organization. He’s a talented starting-pitching prospect who can soon become a key member of our Major League rotation,” he added.
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