Rays Set to Acquire Forsythe for Torres | The Process Report

Rays Set to Acquire Forsythe for Torres

The Rays are set to acquire infielder Logan Forsythe from the Padres is exchange for left-handed reliever Alex Torres. There are additional players included in the deal that was reported by Chris Cotillo. Neither side has made anything official as of yet.

Forsythe, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, worked his way quickly through San Diego’s system. He played primarily third base in the early days but has diversified his defensive portfolio to include second base, shortstop, and the corner outfield positions. Since making his major-league debut in 2011, he has primarily played the keystone position. He hit just .214/.281/.332 in 75 games last year while dealing with plantar fasciitis that cost him the first few months of the season. He has had multiple surgeries on his foot (sesamoid fracture) and has been under the knife for injuries to his knee and hand as well.

In just under 800 career plate appearances, Forsythe owns a .241/.310/.349 slash line. As a right-handed batter, however, he excels versus left-handed pitching, accumulating a .290/.363/.430 line against southpaws. Outside of a bat wiggle and slight lift of the foot, his mechanics are otherwise orthodox. He has pull-side power but has flashes of surprising pop to other portions of the field. Speaking of opposite fields, he has shown the push the ball to right field and up the middle. This may play up more with two strikes.

The 27-year-old is not yet arbitration eligible and has four years of team control left. This is significant considering current utilitymen Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez can be free agents after the 2015 season.

The cost of Torres may seem significant to some considering his breakout season in the bullpen. Though I expect Torres to be a fine pitcher going forward, left-handed relievers are a point of strength within the Rays’ organization. Aside from Alpha Lefty, Jake McGee, the club also has Cesar Ramos, C.J. Riefenhauser, Pedro Figueroa, and Jeff Beliveau on the 40-man roster. The club also added former A’s lefty Jordan Norberto to the mix this winter. Norberto must serve a 50-game suspension because of his link to Biogenesis, but has a live arm, a good slider, and past success at the big league level. There is also a wildcard in Enny Romero, the lefty starter who some feel is destined for an impact role in the bullpen.

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  1. […] my initial write-up, it was noted that Forsythe had “pull-side power but has flashes of surprising pop to other portions of the […]

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