The Dodgers traded Jose De Leon straight up for Logan Forsythe. Jose De Leon is one of the top right-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball. Logan Forsythe is a second baseman who is entering his prime. Personally, I think Jose De Leon’s future is in the bullpen, but I have been wrong before. I liked Brian Dozier, but I also like Logan Forsythe a lot. I just did not think Tampa Bay would give him up in a straight up one-for-one deal. There is evidently no animosity between TB and Friedman.
Even if JDL is the real deal, the Dodgers will not miss him THIS year and probably NEXT year. They have plenty of RH starting pitchers in the pipeline and he was the most major league ready… meaning that he was the most tradable. Consider this: The Dodgers have Yadier Alvarez, Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart, Jordan Sheffield, Chase De Jong, Trevor Oaks, Josh Sborz, Imani Abdullah, Mitchell White, Dustin May and Jacob Rhame in the pipeline as RH starters. JDL was easily expendable, just like Montas, Cotton and Holmes also were.
The Dodgers have an abundance of riches and you have to give up value to get value. I believe Logan Forsythe will be a valuable player for the Dodgers in 2017 and 2018. He is in the mold of Ben Zobrist! This strengthens the Dodgers in that they now have a “top-of-the-order” leadoff hitter who mashes LH pitchers. I could see Toles and Forsythe alternating in the leadoff position, and when I compared him to Ben Zobrist, I meant it. Zobrist is slightly faster, but they are players from the same mold. In fact, at age 29, Logan Forsythe beat Ben Zobrist in just about every metric. Logan had some injuries in 2016 that limited him, but I think under Turner Ward and on a much better offensive team, he will shine! I also would not be surprised if FAZ brought back Chase Utley.
I would have rather had Dozier, but not for more than De Leon! Culberson, Hernandez and Taylor – only one will be on the team now. What can we expect from Logan Forsythe? I would say he will look something like this:
- .270 BA
- .350 OB%
- 30 doubles
- 15 HR
I’ll take it! By the way, his defense is excellent. He will be a better double play partner than Chase Utley. This gives Willie Calhoun two year to impress and improve on defense. I really hope Willie can make it. I love his attitude and work ethic, but his “tree trunk legs” worry me. Well, that and the iron skillet he has strapped to his left hand.
So, maybe the Dodgers are done. Second base is solved and I think they have to give Yasiel Puig one final shot. The Dude can be a beast! We have to give him one final shot. This is it. If he can realize his potential, this team can be scary. I hate trading any prospect, but second base was a place of need and the Dodgers also needed someone at that spot who could hit lefthanders.
For his career Logan Forsythe has slashed .278/.343/.818 against LH pitching while only slashing .244/,318/.678 against RH pitching. Last year, he hit them about the same from each side of the plate.Like all deals, we have to “wait-and-see,” but I like it in principle. Now, they might even Chase Utley!
Whats’ the picture that is displayed on the site? Not Logan Forsythe – just another Spring Training picture from my collection.