St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Tampa Bay Rays acquired utilityman Logan Forsythe along with four other players from the San Diego Padres in exchange for left-hander Alex Torres and right-hander Jesse Hahn.
They also received right-handers Brad Boxberger, Matt Lollis and Matt Andriese and infielder Maxx Tissenbaum.
Forsythe, 27, played parts of the past three seasons with San Diego, hitting .241/.310/.349 in 228 Major League games. He batted .214 with six home runs and 19 RBIs in 75 games last season.
Rays general manager Andrew Friedman called Forsythe a versatile infielder that provides really competitive at-bats, but noted that injuries have prevented him from reaching his potential.
“We feel like he has an upside on his skill set on both sides of the ball. We feel like that fits us really well. … He plays extremely hard,” said Friedman.
Forsythe suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot in a Spring Training game in March, which initially landed him on the 15-day disabled list before being placed in the 60-day DL. He Forsythe said he was given an injection and had his right foot placed in a boot for three weeks to address the problem.
The right-handed-hitting Forsythe has a .290 career average, with five home runs and 17 RBIs against left-handed pitching.