Tampa Bay Rays acquire Logan Forsythe in seven-player trade with San Diego Padres

HERALD STAFF REPORTJanuary 22, 2014 

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers — right-handed pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis and infielder Maxx Tissenbaum — from the San Diego Padres for left-handed pitcher Alex Torres and right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn, according to a release from the Rays.

Forsythe, 27, hit .214 (47-for-220) in 75 games with the Padres in 2013 while battling plantar fasciitis. The year prior, he set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including games played (91), batting average (.273), hits (86), doubles (13), RBI (26), runs scored (45), on-base percentage (.343) and walks (28). The right-handed hitter owns a career .290 batting average (64-for-221) vs. left-handed pitching with a .363 on-base percentage.

Boxberger, 25, compiled a 2.86 ERA (22-IP, 7-ER) with 24 strikeouts in 18 appearances during five stints with the Padres after making his first Opening Day roster in 2013. He limited lefthanders to a .182 (6-for-33) batting average while righthanders hit .302 (13-for-43). Over his final 15 appearances, he crafted a 2.08 ERA (17.1-IP, 4-ER) with 18 strikeouts. In 42 appearances with Triple-A Tucson in 2013, he averaged 14.0 strikeouts per nine innings, the best strikeout rate in the Pacific Coast League (min. 50 IP). Over parts of two seasons in the majors, he is 0-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 49.2 innings. Originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) of the 2009 June Draft, he was one of several players traded to the Padres in December 2011 for pitcher Mat Latos.

Andriese, 24, made 15 starts for Double-A San Antonio and 10 starts (two relief appearances) for Triple-A Tucson in 2013 and went a combined 11-7 with a 3.27 ERA (134.2-IP, 49-ER). The Texas League midseason All-Star ranked among Padres minor league leaders in ERA (3.27, fifth), wins (11, second) and strikeouts (105, fifth). Over three minor league seasons, the righthander has gone 26-16 with a 3.18 ERA (322.1-IP, 114-ER) and 278 strikeouts to 77 walks. He was selected in the third round of the 2011 June Draft.

Lollis, 23, split the 2013 season between Class-A Lake Elsinore, Tucson and San Antonio, combining to go 3-8 with a 4.62 ERA (74-IP, 38-ER) over 58 appearances. The 6’9” righthander has a career 15-33 record with a 4.79 ERA (391-IP, 208-ER) over five major league seasons after being selected in the 15th round of the 2009 June Draft.

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