With Ben Zobrist gone, Logan Forsythe slid out of his accustomed utility role and into an everyday job at second base for the Rays. In his first full season of regular play, Forsythe showed an unprecedented level of power, as he hit 17 home runs and 33 doubles. His .281 batting average was also a career high, and he was one of the most consistent hitters in the majors on a week-to-week basis. Forsythe finished 11th in Fantasy value among second basemen, and he showed he has the staying power to put a similar season together in 2016. Look to draft him in the middle-to-late rounds in standard mixed leagues.
Forsythe avoided arbitration with the Rays on Friday by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million deal with an option, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Forsythe enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 by slashing .281/.359/.444 while establishing himself as the team's everyday second baseman, but ended the year on a bad note with a foot contusion. He figures to be 100 percent when he reports to spring training, so it shouldn't be too much of a concern. This deal will buy out the 29-year-old's final years of arbitration, along with a possible year of free agency if the Rays deem his option worth the cost.
Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Forsythe missed the final five games with a foot contusion, but he still turned in what was far and away his most successful season in the big leagues. In addition to showcasing plenty of defensive versatility, Forsythe was an asset offensively, slashing .281/.359/.444 while hitting 17 homers and driving in 68 runs. The Rays should again carve out an everyday role for Forsythe in 2016.
Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (foot) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays. Forsythe is now set to miss his fourth consecutive game as he continues to deal with a bruised right foot. Tim Beckham will take over for Forsythe at second base and hit seventh in the lineup.
Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays, The Tampa Tribune reports. Forsythe had missed the last two games with a bruised foot, but it looks like he will be able to shake off the pain and play Friday. He's patrolling second base and hitting fourth in the batting order against the Blue Jays.
Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe is not in the lineup Thursday against Miami, per Chris Fischer of WTSP in Tampa. Forsythe was held out of the lineup Wednesday due to a bruised foot, and he'll remain out for the second straight game.