In 2015, Forsythe, a former first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres, had a breakout year. In his age-28 season, he hit .281/.359/.444 (124 OPS+) with 17 home runs and 68 RBI. Forsythe followed that up with another solid season in 2016, hitting .264/.333/.444 (113 OPS+) with 20 homers and 52 RBI in just 127 games.
For the past two seasons, Forsythe has provided an above-average bat with considerable home run pop. Moreover, he adjusted to the leadoff spot very well in 2016.
Forsythe also ranked seventh among a talented crop of AL second basemen with a 2.8 fWAR this past season. Defensively, he graded out decently as well. Though he took a bit of a step back in 2016, he had eight Defensive Runs Saved at second base the previous year.
Forsythe, who will turn 30 in January, is only a few months older than Dozier. He is nearly five years younger than Kinsler, who will suddenly be turning 35 in June. The rebuilding Minnesota Twins should also have a golden opportunity to sell high on Dozier, as he is coming off of a 42-home run season. According to Rosenthal, Ian Kinsler won’t leave the Detroit Tigers unless the team acquiring him promises him an extension.
Forsythe would likely cost less in a trade than either of those two. For what he brings to the table, he is quite affordable in financial terms as well. Per Baseball-Reference, he is signed through 2017 at a cost of $7 million, with a $8.5 million option ($1 million buyout) for 2018.
While Forsythe may not quite have Dozier’s 40-homer pop or Kinsler’s track record, he would be a very solid solution to the Dodgers’ second base problem. He and phenom Corey Seager could certainly make a winning double-play combination.