Rays trading Forsythe to Dodgers for RHP Jose DeLeon
The Rays have traded 2B Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for RHP Jose DeLeon.
DeLeon, 24, is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the game, having made four starts for the Dodgers last year.
"We are very excited to add Jose De León to the Rays organization. He's a talented starting pitching prospect who can soon become a key member of our major league rotation," Rays GM Erik Neander said in a statement,. "It's a bittersweet day, though, as we part ways with Logan Forsythe in this trade. He's not only a first-class player, but he's also a great teammate and leader in the clubhouse. We will miss him, and we thank him for all he did as a Ray."
DeLeon is 23-13 with a 3.35 ERA and 446 strikeouts in 330 2/3 innings in 67 minor-league games over four seasons. In 2016, he was 7-1, 2.61 ERA with 111 strikeouts over 86 1/3 innings, a .194 opponents' average and 5.55 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 16 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, though he missed parts of the season with ankle and shoulder injuries.
Neander said on a conference call the opportunity to get DeLeon was too good to pass up.
Forsythe, 30, emerged as a key member of the Rays linuep, hitting .264, with 20 home runs, 52 RBIs and a .777 in 127 games last season while batting leadoff.
Neander said they have several internal options to take over at second, and could also look externally.