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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees interested in Logan Forsythe?

The New York Yankees have a glaring hole at third base. They at least know now that they need to seek other options with the news that Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the entire 2014 season.

As it stands now the Yankees are committed to low-risk, part-time options such as Kelly Johnson and Scott Sizemore. They have also had waning interest in veteran free agents such as Mark Reynolds and Michael Young, though those talks appear to be dead at this point.

Tonight Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Yankees have explored a different route for third base help, engaging the San Diego Padres in trade talks:

Headley would likely cost much too much in terms of his contract as well. The Yankees already indicated that they do not plan to sign another infielder to a big league deal, so that presumably means they are not willing to pay what it would take to add Headley, at least not until they know Masahiro Tanaka‘s decision.

As for Forsythe, he struggled mightily in 2013. In 75 games with the Padres he batted .214/.281/.332 with six home runs and a woeful 73 wRC+. As for the proposed plan to platoon him at third base, that would be a bit of an adjustment as Forsythe has only played 41 career games at the hot corner in three seasons. He has primarily played second base (138 games).

Forsythe’s best season came in 2012 when he batted .273/.343/.390 and stole eight bases in 91 games.

The Yankees presumably see Forsythe as a low-risk, versatile option to throw into their infield competition as they would hope to see him regain his form in a new setting.

Tags: Logan Forsythe New York Yankees San Diego Padres

  • ballybunion

    Actually, Forsythe doesn’t need a new setting to regain his form, he needs health. His missed large stretches of last year with plantar fasciitis in his foot. He has a history of lower body injury with a broken bone in his foot and knee surgery. He’s basically a third baseman with pop and is likely the replacement if Headley moves to free agency after 2014, since Jedd Gyorko, another third baseman, has settled into second base. Chances are the Yankees will have to look elsewhere for infield depth at 2nd/3rd.

    • Hayden Kane

      Thanks for the comments, guys, and good points by both of you. Only thing is, Forsythe has to be seen as a bit unsteady whether it’s because of health or production. If the Padres could get something for him now, shouldn’t they at least consider it?

  • Zippy_TMS

    I don’t see the Padres trading Forsythe any time soon. He’s a valuable glove all around the diamond and he hits lefties better than his overall stats show. The Padres need injury insurance, and Forsythe fits the mold nicely.