On January 24, 2017, the Dodgers exchanged right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon for second baseman Logan Forsythe. At first, I was shocked that they traded away De Leon, but then as I continued reading, it began to make sense. The Dodgers need a second baseman, even though they could re-sign the veteran Chase Utley, and they have plenty of pitchers. The Dodgers had originally been interested in acquiring Brian Dozier from the Twins, but Minnesota wanted another prime prospect in addition to De Leon.
President of Baseball Operations said that the Dodgers would have brought Utley back months ago, but he was lacking one thing, a right-handed bat. In 2016, the Dodgers hit only .213 against left-handed pitching. The Dodgers believe that Logan Forsythe will help to fix the problem. Not only does he bat right-handed, but he also plays second base and can bat lead-off.
Yasmani Grandal, who played with Forsythe for 2 years in San Diego, said about him, “I love him. He hustles, goes 100 percent each day — that’s what I like about him the most. In San Diego, we had a young team, we were just trying to figure out who we were. But you knew who he was — no matter how good he was doing or how bad he was doing, he’s going to hustle 100 percent. Having him back on my team, it’s energizing.
Corey Seager does not know Forsythe in person, but he also had good things to say about him, “I played against him last year and he’s hard-nosed, blue collar, wasn’t flashy but just got the job done. Hopefully he’ll fit in nice. We needed to fill second base and get a right-handed bat, and he fills both those needs.”
In addition to trading for Logan Forsythe, the Dodgers signed relief-pitcher Brandon Morrow to a minor league deal. He will receive a Spring Training invite, and try to gain a spot on the roster. Morrow, who has struggled with a shoulder injury, appeared in only 18 games in 2016, and all of those appearances were out of the bullpen.
At age 32, Morrow was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 18, while he was still in High School. He wears an insulin pump when he is off the field, but takes it off when he plays. Whenever he is playing, he checks his blood glucose between every inning.
The Dodger’s front office did not stop there, they acquired outfielder Brett Eibner in exchange for minor league prospect Jordan Tarsovich. MLB.com reporter Ken Gurnick said that Eibner will most likely be minor league insurance unless Trayce Thompson’s back does not heal.