Phillies Sign INF Logan Forsythe to Minor-League Contract
The Phillies have signed nine-year veteran infielder Logan Forsythe to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
February is here, which means spring training is right around the corner. But, that does not mean the Philadelphia Phillies are done rounding out their Grapefruit League roster.
RELATED | Phillies: 24 Departed Players from 2019 Major League Roster
On Sunday, the team signed nine-year veteran infielder Logan Forsythe to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp, according to Chris Cotillo.
Forsythe, 33, slashed .227/.325/.353 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 39 RBI spanning 101 games and 367 plate appearances last season with the Texas Rangers.
Forsythe’s best season came in 2015 with the Tampa Bay Rays, in which he slashed .281/.359/.444 with 152 hits (including 33 doubles and 17 home runs), 68 RBI, 55 walks and 111 strikeouts over 153 games. He has experience playing first, second and third base, along with shortstop and the corner outfield positions.
In his career, the Memphis, Tennessee native has played for the San Diego Padres (2011-13), Rays (2014-16), Los Angeles Dodgers (2017-18), Minnesota Twins (2018), and Rangers (2019).
RELATED | Phillies: 4 candidates for backup catcher role in 2020
MLBTradeRumors.com’s Mark Polishuk writes that this pact is Forsythe’s second minor-league contract in as many years, although last year’s with the Rangers yielded regular playing time and a $2 million contract in the majors:
"After excelling as the Rays’ regular second baseman in 2015-16, Forsythe has struggled at the plate over the last three seasons and gradually became a utility player with the Dodgers, Twins, and Rangers. He saw action at all four infield positions in 2019 and also has past experience as a corner outfield, so that extra versatility could give him a bit of a leg up in garnering a spot on Philadelphia’s 26-man roster"
Forsythe is the Phillies’ fifth non-roster invitee, minor-league infielder acquisition this offseason, joining Phil Gosselin, Josh Harrison, Ronald Torreyes, and Neil Walker. Infielder prospects invited as non-roster invitees include Alec Bohm, Darick Hall, Austin Listi, Nick Maton, and Luke Williams.