2. Logan Forsythe
The Royals need more on offense from second base. Raul Mondesi Jr. possesses terrific raw skills, but his bat just isn’t ready for major-league baseball. His .200/.218/.300 slash line is a black hole at the bottom of the lineup.
If we list veteran second baseman that could help boost the Kansas City Royals offense, then Logan Forsythe might top the list. He plays for the Tampa Bay Rays who are out of the race at 54-72. He’s hitting a very nice .276/.340/.472. Forsythe’s under contact at $2.25 million for 2016, which means the KC Royals would be on the hook for less than $600k. Plus, he’s got another year remaining on his current deal at $7 million.
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That’s the rub. Someone is likely to claim Logan Forsythe on waivers before the Kansas City Royals would get a shot at him.
Otherwise, his .276 with 21 doubles, 2 triples, and 16 home runs would look great at the top of the Royals lineup. He’s even a solid defender at second base with a 0.4 dWAR in 2016. Overall, he’s been worth 3.1 bWAR in 2016.
If the Rays were willing to deal Forsythe, they probably would have already done so before the trade deadline. Ok, I suppose it was a bit silly for me to list him here. I just think he’d be the perfect fit in the KC Royals lineup if Dayton Moore could somehow pull off mass hypnosis of his peers around the league to get him through waivers.
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