Word got to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation's Daily Dish late Tuesday night that the San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays were working on a trade that included some familiar, if not front-line, names. Infielder Logan Forsythe was heading to the Rays and left-handed pitcher Alex Torres, probably, was part of the package heading back to the Padres.
Eventually, the swap grew into a seven-player transaction, with Forsythe, reliever Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers heading to the Rays for Torres and minor-league right-hander Jesse Hahn.
Forsythe has one of the coolest names in Major League Baseball, and has batted .241/.310/.349 with 59 walks, 12 home runs, five triples, 28 doubles and 17 stolen bases in 762 career plate appearances. He endured plantar fasciitis in 2013, which limited him to 75 appearances and a weak hitting line. His overall production in 2012 rated a 107 OPS+ — adjusted for cavernous Petco Field — making him above-average when compared to the rest of the league. He hits left-handed pitching better than he does righties. Forsythe is a lot like Sean Rodriguez, though he's not as skilled on defense.
Torres was terrific for the Rays out of the bullpen, allowing 32 hits with 62 strikeouts in 58 innings and posting a 1.71 ERA. He was equally effective against batters from either side, but he was a strikeout machine against lefties, getting 31 in 88 plate appearances.
Forsythe, whose best position probably is second base, doesn't seem like a great return for a commodity such as Torres, but the Rays also are getting Boxberger, who has a history of piling up strikeouts in the minors and 49 2/3 major league innings so far.
It's harder to say what the major league value of pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, along with infielder Maxx Tissenbaum (another great name), will give the Rays. None of them figure to contribute in the majors this season.
Ranking the deal by coolest name:
1. Logan Forsythe
2. Maxx Tissenbaum
3. Brad Boxberger
4. Alex Torres
5. Jesse Hahn
6. Matt Lollis (who also is 6-foot-9)
7. Matt Andriese
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