After talks for Minnesota Twins' second baseman Brian Dozier appeared to stall, many wondered what the Los Angeles Dodgers would do to lock up a veteran to man second base. As Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported, the Dodgers have acquired Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Rays in exchange for top prospect right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon.
Forsythe, 30, has played six major league seasons between San Diego and Tampa Bay. His last two seasons with the Rays have been quite respectable, hitting a combined .273/.347/.444 with 37 home runs and 120 runs batted in. Forsythe appears to be the Dodgers' consolation prize after talks with Minnesota for Brian Dozier hit a wall. After this deal, their search for a veteran righty second baseman seems to have ended, but it certainly came with a hefty price tag.
De Leon, 24, is a right-handed starting pitcher ranked as the second best prospect in the Dodgers' farm system by MLB.com. He was also a player said to have been put on the table frequently in the discussions for Dozier. Though he battled through an ankle injury and shoulder inflammation, he made a smooth transition to Triple-A ball, going 7-1 in sixteen starts with a 2.61 ERA and a rate of 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
He even managed to make four starts in the majors in 2016, albeit with far less success, managing a 2-0 record but with an ERA above 6. In all, he provides depth for the Rays in the starting rotation and perhaps opens the door a little wider for trading a veteran starter like Chris Archer or Alex Cobb.