Tampa Bay Rays beat reporter Marc Topkin reports that the team has agreed to a two-year contract with second baseman Logan Forsythe:
Forsythe would be guaranteed more than $9-million in two-year deal with #Rays
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 15, 2016
Forsythe was entering his second year of arbitration in 2016, with his third and final year of arbitration due in 2017. Essentially, this deal helps Forsythe avoid arbitration and receive guaranteed money for the 2017 season. The deal does not change Forsythe’s impending free agency, which is due to come after the 2017 season.
Forsythe experienced a breakout year in 2015, compiling 4.1 WAR, according to Fangraphs, or good for 38th-best in the majors — and right behind more prominently known teammate Evan Longoria (4.2 WAR). Fangraphs labels Forsythe has having below-replacement-level seasons in each of the previous two seasons, 2013 and 2014. Forsythe was moved from the San Diego Padres to the Rays in the winter before the 2014 in a trade involving Brad Boxberger and Jesse Hahn.
With this deal, Forsythe now becomes just the third Ray to have a guaranteed financial commitment from the club for the 2017 season. He joins Longoria — who is signed through the 2022 season — and starting pitcher Chris Archer, who is signed through 2019, with team options for 2020 and 2021.