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.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.