The Marlins have agreed to a deal with free-agent infielder Logan Forsythe, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (Twitter link). The PSI Sports Management client was granted his release by the Phillies late in Summer Camp after being informed that he wouldn’t crack the Opening Day roster.
Forsythe, 33, becomes the fourth new addition for the Marlins since half the team’s 30-man roster tested positive for Covid-19 in MLB’s first outbreak. Miami has also claimed right-handers Mike Morin and Justin Shafer and lefty Josh D. Smith off waivers. Their season is currently “paused” until at least next Monday.
The full list of Marlins players who have tested positive isn’t (and may not become) known, but the versatile Forsythe can help them cover at numerous positions. He’s spent the bulk of his career playing second base, but Forsythe also has experience at third base (979 innings), first base (496), shortstop (220) and in the outfield corners (99).
Forsythe spent most of the 2019 season with the Rangers and struggled to a .227/.325/.353 slash in 367 plate appearances. He was a productive everyday bat for the Rays back in 2015-16, but Forsythe has bounced around the league a bit since that time. In all, he’s a .246/.327/.370 hitter in 3502 MLB plate appearances — including a .259/.339/.423 slash in 1164 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.