Forsythe is coming off a solid season in which he hit 20 home runs and slashed .264/.33/.444 in 127 games. This is the second solid season for Forsythe, who followed up a 5.0 WAR 2015 with 3.4 in 2016. In addition, the Dodgers will only commit $5.75 million in 2017 and have an $8.5 million team option in 2018 (with a $1 million buyout).
De Leon has been one of the most coveted right-handed pitching prospects in the last few years. After much fanfare, he made four starts last September, finishing with a 6.35 ERA over 17 innings pitched. He was the number-three prospect in the Dodgers organization and was recently named the number-eight right-handed pitching prospect in MLB. It is not known if he will be in the Rays starting rotation out of spring training, but the future looks bright as they could soon feature Chris Archer, Blake Snell, De Leon, and another top pitching prospect in Brent Honeywell.
For the Rays, this vastly reduces their total payroll for 2017, perhaps increasing the possibility of adding a power bat such as Mark Reynolds or Chris Carter. This also opens up competition and more roster flexibility with second base now open. Tim Beckham, Nick Franklin, and prospect Daniel Robertson could earn the job out of spring training. With top prospect Willy Adames impressing in winter workouts, the job could be his sooner rather than later.