Longoria 'surprised and upset,' more Rays reaction to Forsythe deal
Team officials had their reasons for trading well-respected 2B Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for prospect RHP Jose De Leon, and here is a sampling of the reaction from various Rays:
3B and team leader Evan Longoria, in a text reply to the Tampa Bay Times:
"I don't really have much. I'm surprised and upset at losing a player, clubhouse presence and friend like Logan. He's a rare player. I always wish him the best.''
OF Steven Souza Jr:
Very sad day for me personally, I'm losing one of my best friends and we're losing one of our best players. Nothing but mad respect for him!— Steven Souza Jr. (@SouzaJr) January 24, 2017
Rays RHP Chris Archer, on Twitter:
"I'm really, really, really gonna miss Logie bear. Doesn't get more classy or blue collar than him. Happy I was able to play with that man. ... with that being said, we welcome @JDL_87 with open arms.''
From the Rays official Twitter site:
Teammate. Leader. Thanks, Logan. pic.twitter.com/fyNRbfWmFU— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 24, 2017
And from new Rays RHP Jose De Leon: