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Monday, January 23, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: DODGERS GET THEIR SECOND BASEMAN IN LOGAN FORSYTHE FOR JOSE DeLEON

All throughout the offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers made it no secret that they were looking to upgrade at second base.  Ever since dealing away Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins and going through the 2016 bust campaign that was Howie Kendrick, the Dodgers were in on almost every free agent during the Hot Stove season.  The most prominent name that kept coming up was Brian Dozier but the Minnesota Twins kept asking for top prospect arm Jose De Leon plus something else.  The Dodgers wouldn't budge and so they finally moved on late Monday when they dealt DeLeon to the Tampa Bay Rays for their second baseman Logan Forsythe.  While far from a star and nowhere near the class of Dozier, Forythe became a late bloomer for the Rays the last two seasons.  The breakout began in 2015 when Forsythe came of nowhere to hit 17 home runs, steal 9 bases, and bat a solid .281.  He showed those numbers were no fluke last season as Forsythe slammed 20 homers, stole 6 bases, and batted .264.  Again Forsythe is not a star and far from it but he is a solid second baseman who fits the bill for the Dodgers.  Now in terms of fantasy baseball, Forsythe can work as a starter in deep mixers but he is more of a backup player since he doesn't blow up any one stat.  In NL-only formats though Forsythe can be a decent mid-level starter.

As far as DeLeon is concerned, it seems like the Dodgers overpaid for Fosythe as the hard-throwing youngster (just 24) lit up radar guns and K/9 rates in the minor leagues before struggling in his 17 inning debut with the team last season (6.35 ERA).  Prior to the promotion, De Leon struck out guys at a 11.57 clip at Triple-A and 12.33 at Double-A (in 2015).  Clearly De Leon knows how to punch guys out but his control is shoddy and home runs are a problem.  Going to Tampa Bay is a great landing spot in terms of ballpark and even more so in terms of the team having a nice history of developing pitchers.  De Leon has good late-round upside value at the very least.


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