Forsythe has "mixed emotions" over trade from Rays to Dodgers
2B Logan Forsythe was "taken back a bit" to get the news Monday that he had been traded by the Rays to the Dodgers.
After spending much of Tuesday getting over the shock and on the phone with Dodgers personnel working on introductions and logistics, Forsythe said his excitement over joining his new team was tempered by the disappointment of leaving his old.
"I would say there are mixed emotions,'' Forsythe told the Tampa Bay Times. "It was tough. The call was tough.''
Forsythe had plenty of good things to say about the Rays, noting they believed in him in acquiring him from the Padres in January 2014 and in sticking with him after a poor debut season.
"We could talk the rest of the night about all the things I could say positively about Tampa Bay,'' Forsythe said. "They gave me an opportunity, they were a fan of me from the first time I came over there, all the way from the front office to the trainers to the players to the staff. Everyone helped out in some form. And I want to thank the fans.''
Forsythe also was heartened by the praise heaped on him by his former teammates, noting the family-type atmosphere they had, with Evan Longoria saying he was "surprised and upset" to see him go, Chris Archer saying he there is no one "more classy or blue collar,'' Steven Souza Jr. saying he had "nothing but mad respect.''
"It makes it all worth it,'' Forsythe said. "It means what you did, how you carried yourself as a player, was noticed. ... It means a lot. It means a heck of a lot to hear those guys speak their mind. It makes me feel good that maybe I did something to help them out a little bit.''
Forsythe said he wishes the Rays organization only well, and believes that even without his bat and glove in the lineup they can still compete.
"We still do have a good core group of guys,'' Forsythe said, not yet letting go of the "we" association. "You know the front office, they always have a plan. Even with this, maybe being surprised by the offer the Dodgers gave and making the trade happen, I think they still know that they are going to be able to compete.
"The Rays still have guys who are just approaching their prime. There are going to be guys with even more breakout seasons for them this season. With the staff, with the bullpen additions, y'all are going to be good. It's just a matter of guys coming together and working it out and getting that chemistry back going.''