LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Monday exercised their 2018 club option on Logan Forsythe, bringing the second baseman back for one more season.
Forsythe will earn $9 million in 2018, an increase from his $5.75 million 2017 salary. There was a $1 million buyout had the Dodgers not exercised the option.
The Dodgers acquired Forsythe from the Rays last offseason in exchange for pitcher Jose De Leon, filling a need at second base. Forsythe provided solid defense in his 80 games and 68 starts at the position, and at third base as well when he filled in for Justin Turner, playing 42 games at the hot corner, including 31 starts.
It was a down year offensively for Forsythe, who hit just six home runs and 19 doubles after hitting 37 home runs and 57 doubles in 2015-16 combined with Tampa Bay. Forsythe did have a career-high 69 walks, fueling a high on-base percentage, and a .224/.351/.327 batting line on the season.
He also missed 30 games in April and May, dealing with both a broken toe and hamstring tightness.
Forsythe played in 14 of the Dodgers’ 15 postseason games, starting 11, and hit .297/.435/.351 with nine runs scored and nine walks.
Forsythe turns 31 in January.
The Dodgers on Monday also sent O`Koyea Dickson outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City. This puts the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 40 players.