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Dodgers exercise Logan Forsythe’s 2018 option

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have exercised the 2018 option for second baseman Logan Forsythe, worth $8.5 million.

Forsythe, 30, hit .224/.351/.327 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 439 plate appearances during the regular season for the Dodgers. He did play solid defense at both second base and third base. In the playoffs, he was much more successful at the plate, batting .297/.435/.351 in 46 plate appearances.

Chase Utley is a free agent but with Forsythe back in the fold, the Dodgers don’t have much to worry about at that position. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor can also play second base as needed.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.