Dodgers pick up Forsythe's option for 2018

November 6th, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers exercised the $8.5 million contract option of second baseman for 2018 on Monday.

Forsythe, acquired from Tampa Bay last year for pitching prospect , had a $1 million buyout if Los Angeles had not brought him back.

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Forsythe had a disappointing offensive year, batting .224 with six homers and a .678 OPS. By comparison, Minnesota's , the other second baseman Dodgers management targeted last offseason, hit 34 homers with an .856 OPS. But the Dodgers chose Forsythe because the Rays were willing to make a one-for-one trade, and Dozier would have meant a higher price in return.

Forsythe did bat .290 against left-handed pitching, with an .870 OPS. He missed five weeks early in the season with a broken right big toe after being hit by a pitch.

In the postseason, Forsythe excelled, batting .297 with six RBIs in 14 games.

The Dodgers have seven free agents -- , , , , , and Tony Watson.

In addition, the Dodgers announced that utilityman has been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and they reinstated , , , , Josh Ravin and from the 60-day disabled list.