Padres Trade Forsythe, Boxberger and 3 Prospects to Tampa; Acquire Torres, Huhn
Reports surfaced late Tuesday night that Padres infielder/utilityman Logan Forsythe is being sent to the Tampa Bay Rays in a possible four-player deal involving pitcher Alex Torres and two unknown prospects or players to be named later. The news came via Chris Cotillo on Twitter.
Forsythe, a 27 year-old 1st Round draft pick (48th overall) in the 2008 amateur draft, made his major league debut with the Padres back in 2011. Forsythe bat a mere .213 batting average with 12 RBI and 9 doubles in 62 games with the team that year.
Forsythe showed improvement in 2012, batting for .273 with 26 RBI and 6 homeruns in 91 games before being sidelined with a foot injury that would carry on into 2013. Over 3 seasons with San Diego, Forsythe has bat a combined .241/.310/.349 with 57 RBI and 12 homeruns.
Torres, who was signed as an amateur free agent with the Anaheim Angels back in 2005, made his major league debut back in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Torres, 26 years old, has played in 43 games over his major league career. The southpaw pitcher has a combined 5-3 record and 1.91 ERA over his career, posting 62 strikeouts over 66.0 innings of playing time.
Torres had a strong presence in 2013, pitching for a 4-2 record with a 1.71 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Rays. Torres was traded to the Rays organization back in 2009 in exchange for pitcher Scott Kazmir (currently with the Oakland Athletics).
The deal has not yet finalized, but the consensus is that Forsythe is going to be a Tampa Bay Ray. The two prospects that will be exchanged between the San Diego and Tampa Bay clubs have not been formally decided, but this article will be updated as the news develops.
**UPDATE 1-21-2014 @ 1050** The Padres have also included IF Maxx Tissenbaum in the trade. Tissenbaum spent parts of 2 seasons with the Single-A Euguene Emeralds and Single-A Fort Wayne Tincaps, batting .282 with 78 RBI. The Padres close out the deal, sending 5 players to Tampa Bay in exchange for 2 pitchers.