Rays land Forsythe in trade with Padres
There are conflicting reports as to how many players will be involved in the deal, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish has reported four, while Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has reported five. The main players in the trade, who are the only two known by name, are Forsythe and 26-year-old reliever Alex Torres. The other two or three players are expected to be prospects who will be named later.
Forsythe, who turned 27 years old just over a week ago, battled plantar fasciitis in 2013, leading just 75 games played and a .214 batting average, but he is a versatile fielder and can eat up left-handed pitching. Forsythe played significant time at second base, third base, shortstop, and left field in 2013, and he has posted a .290/.363/.430 line over 249 career plate appearances against lefty pitchers. He'll be a nice movable piece in the field and situational piece in the lineup for Joe Maddon and the Rays.
While the Rays did land a solid player in Forsythe, it was a bit surprising to see them give up Torres. The Venezuelan really came on in 2013, registering a 1.71 ERA over 58.0 innings. He strikes out batters at a high rate (9.7 per nine innings on his career) and rarely gives up home runs (just one in 66.0 career innings). Torres took the mound in many clutch situations for the Rays last season, and he is viewed as a potential closer.