One of the biggest moves that the Dodgers made in the the last off-season was trading for Logan Forsythe. Los Angeles gave away top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in exchange for the second baseman, and it seemed like a pretty fair trade at the time. Forsythe was owed $5.75 million for 2017 and had a club option for 2018.
On Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that the Dodgers picked up Logan Forsythe’s $8.5 million club option for 2018.
Dodgers pick up $8.5 million option on Logan Forsythe for 2018.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 6, 2017
Logan Forsythe struggled for most of the 2017 season. He began the year off hot in April, hitting .295/.407/.341. Unfortunately, his batting average would hover around .200 to .250 over the remainder of the season, though his on-base percentage was fairly consistent. He ended the year with a slash line of .224/.351/.327, with six home runs and 36 runs batted in. The power was considerably down considering he hit 20 home runs in 2016, but there were some positives to his 2017 performance with the Dodgers.
Forsythe dominated left-handed pitching, hitting .290/.418/.452 against them. Because of this, he saw most of his time at second base when lefties were on the mound. He also really shined in the postseason. In 37 at-bats, Forsythe hit .297/.435/.351, with nine runs scored and six runs batted in. He flew under the media’s radar in October, but his success at the plate was much appreciated by Dodger fans everywhere.
It seems pretty likely that Logan Forsythe’s role will continue to be against left-handed pitching in 2018. However, they do not have a player to take over the position when righties are on the mound. Chase Utley is now a free agent, so re-signing him could fill that void, though he struggled in 2017. Especially in the postseason, where he went hitless in 15 at-bats. They also have internal options such as Austin Barnes who hit .321/.444/.459 against right-handed pitchers in 2017. However, we will just have to wait and see what the front office has planned.
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