By: Daniel Satter
Furthermore, after the Rays signed 8 players to avoid arbitration they decided to extend one player over his final two arbitration years. Logan Forsythe was set to make $3.3 mil entering arbitration, but will now end up making $2.5 mil in signing bonus money and $1 mil this year, but when 2017 comes around, Forsythe will make $5.75 mil then has a club option for $8.5 mil with a $1 mil buyout. Forsythe’s option can escalate in $500K incentives that will be acquired over periods of time, up to $2.5MM based on plate appearances. That would bring the maximum value of the deal to $20.25MM over three years. If the club option is declined he will make $10.25 mil over the next two seasons. This is a fair deal for Forsythe and the Rays. The deal was reported first by Jon Heyman.
Next, the 29-year-old was the Rays most consistent player last season. He was named the Rays most valuable player and played in 153 games with 540 at bats, but had 615 plate appearances. In addition, he had his best season in his career so far by hitting an incredible .281 batting average with 17 home runs and driving in 68 RBIs. Forsythe played excellent defense and swiped 9 bags. Also, Forsythe had a on base percentage of .359, slugging percentage of .444, and a OPS of .804.
Finally, Forsythe was given a chance to prove he could hit right handed pitching and did. He batted .273/.353/.375 against righties. Now, Forsythe is better against left handed pitchers, but is finally coming into a play of his own caliber.
Note: Forsythe was acquired in a seven-player trade that also netted the team Brad Boxberger, Matt Andriese, Maxx Tissenbaum and Matt Lollis in exchange for right-hander Jesse Hahn and left-hander Alex Torres. This deal happened in 2014. Looks like the Rays won that trade by far.
Signing Grade: A-
Trade Grade: A-