After an offseason packed with rumors, the Dodgers second base decision seemed to boil down to a very obvious solution.
The options were "stick with a complete hole" (bad idea), "trade the farm for Brian Dozier" (sounds bad), or "add the very talented Logan Forsythe for a cheaper price" (preferable).
If MLB insiders are to be believed, the Dodgers are minutes away from making the right call.
Source: Dodgers, Rays deep into discussions on a deal that would send Logan Forsythe to Los Angeles. If medicals are good, deal will happen.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 23, 2017
However, it appears the return for Forsythe won't be quite as much of a bargain as some of us anticipated.
...And it's been announced.
Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman has now officially targeted Forsythe in his most recent two stops, including orchestrating the deal that brought him to Tampa Bay in the first place. But allowing De Leon, a 24-year-old hurler who posted a 2.61 ERA and 111 K's in 86.1 innings at Triple-A last year, to depart in a non-Dozier deal would result in an impressive and characteristic haul for the Rays.
AL 2B Leaders in wRC+ for the last 30 days:— Yankeesource (@YankeeSource) September 2, 2016
1. Brian Dozier 180
2. Dustin Pedroia 164
3. Logan Forsythe 150
4. Starlin Castro 143
But don't underrate Forsythe for even a second, as his AL East opponents could tell you vociferously.
This appears like it'll end up an evenly-matched deal, once the ink dries, against all odds. Meanwhile, the Twins sit on their Brian Dozier leverage for likely a bit too long once more.