LA Dodgers: Reflecting on Logan Forsythe and Sergio Romo Acquisitions
By Evan Shin
The Dodgers apparently sealed off their off-season by acquiring Logan Forsythe and Sergio Romo. Now that the dust has settled, a closer look reveals what they got and whether the pair were worth it.
Dodgers and Logan Forsythe
This was the most anticipated move of the winter for the Dodgers. It wasn’t as expensive as bringing Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Rich Hill back. However, most in the Dodger community could argue they’ve been looking for a right-handed second baseman before the season even ended. Well, they finally got one.
What did they get? To be quite honest, not much. Forsythe holds a .270 average against left-handed pitching, just seven points higher than against righties. He only gets on base a third of the time, which is relatively average for a lead-off hitter.
Additionally, he hits just below league average in advancing runners or driving them in. He is also a victim of frequently grounding into double plays. Now that’s enough of the negatives.
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Forsythe holds a pretty good average either leading off an inning or a game. He also hits well early in the count and is remarkably consistent no matter how many runners are on or how many outs there are. The only exception is if there is one out and at least one runner on, which explains his higher double play rate.
The strikeouts are a bit higher than an ideal lead-off, but his home run totals have risen in the past two years. He is solid defensively and can play both third and first. His WAR is around 3, which is half of Brian Dozier’s.
Though, since the price for Dozier included three or four of the team’s top prospects, a straight up swap of Jose De Leon for Forsythe wasn’t a terrible deal. The team needed a right-handed second baseman, and they got one.
I am personally incredibly happy Romo is joining the Dodgers, simply because it was unfathomably frustrating seeing hitters whiff at his Frisbee sliders. Bringing in the right-handed slinger was a decent and inexpensive move. For only $3 million for 2017, Romo could play a vital role. A guy who tossed the last pitch of the 2012 World Series, Romo could be a setup man or be brought in to get the team out of a jam.
His slower slider with tight spin will be a good variation to a bullpen full of flamethrowers. Romo only appeared in 40 games last season, the lowest since his rookie season. He maintained a 2.64 ERA, just five points higher than his career average. The worst part, though, was his involvement in one of the worst bullpens in baseball
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This analysis is based off performances with other teams and statistics, so anything can happen. It will depend how well the two react to joining the Dodgers, and how they will perform in such a star-studded cast.