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Rays close to two-year extension with Logan Forsythe

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We noted earlier tonight that the Rays agreed to one-year deals with Alex Cobb, Jake McGee, and Brandon Guyer to avoid arbitration, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the club is now close to a two-year extension with infielder Logan Forsythe.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the deal is worth $10.25 million and includes an option for a third year. Forsythe was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, so the new deal will buy out at least his final two years of arbitration and potentially his first year of free agency.

Forsythe was originally expected to begin 2015 as a platoon player at second base, but he ended up being one of the team’s most valuable regulars. The 29-year-old broke out with a .281/.359/.444 batting line to go along with 17 home runs, 68 RBI, and nine stolen bases.

Giancarlo Stanton is in tonight’s lineup

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The Yankees have activated Giancarlo Stanton from the 60-day injured list. Stanton is starting in left field and batting fifth tonight against the Angels.

Stanton has missed nearly three months with a PCL strain in his right knee and has played in only nine games this season, hitting .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored in 38 plate appearances. Obviously the Yankees have been OK without him, but it’ll be nice to have him back. Indeed, if he’s not too rusty, it’ll be like they picked up a big time slugger at a trade deadline that fell on September 18, but just for the Yankees.