- The Los Angeles Dodgers have finally found their second baseman for 2017. It isn’t Brian Dozier or Ian Kinsler, instead, their new second baseman is now none other than veteran Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers and Rays have agreed to a deal to acquire Forsythe in exchange for top pitching prospect Jose De Leon per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The Dodgers had been engaged in trade talks for a second baseman practically all offseason. They had been focusing on Dozier and held serious trade talks with the Twins but the Twins wanted more than De Leon and the Dodgers refused to change their position. Talks eventually broke down and the Dodgers moved on. Now they have their right-handed hitting second baseman they have coveted and a leadoff hitter to help them repeat as the NL West Champions for the 2017 season. Forsythe hit .264/.333/.444 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs with the Rays last year. He is under club control thru 2018 hence the hefty price in the Dodgers giving up one of their top prospects. The acquisition of De Leon looks to bolster the Rays pitching depth.
- The San Francisco Giants have needed power in their lineup. They are hoping they have found that in Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang as they have signed him to a minor-league deal per Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. The Korean third baseman batted .335/.394/.570 with 27 home runs and even flashed some speed with 24 stolen bases last year in the KBO league. The KBO is a hitter-friendly league so his stats should be met with a grain of salt but if his power is able to translate in the majors then the Giants will hopefully have added a power hitter to their lineup they so desperately need in order to keep up in the NL West Division.
- The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $3.5MM deal with lefty Brett Anderson per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Cubs were rumored to be looking for rotation depth after cutting ties with Jason Hammel earlier in the offseason. They were showing interest in Tyson Ross but he spurned them in favor of the Texas Rangers. Now the Cubs are turning to Anderson, whom has had a history of health problems but the Cubs are willing to bank on him finally having a healthy season to help fill out the rotation.
- The Rangers and Rays are showing interest in slugger Chris Carter per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Carter tied for the National League lead in home runs with a career-high of 42 homers with the Milwaukee Brewers but ended up getting non-tendered at the beginning of the offseason. He has the power both teams covet but has a tough time reaching base consistently and is prone to a high number of strikeouts.