The Rays' new utility infielder Logan Forsythe, acquired in the seven-player trade with the Padres last month, is quickly adapting to Spring Training the "Ray Way."
"Oh, I love it. It's very low key, relaxed, the way it should be," says Forsythe. "Guys get their work in. It's not strenuous at all, it's nice... kind of do things on your own time, let the body recover. It's easy, it's easy on the body... it's been good so far."
Forsythe has the foresight to model his own career after Rays star Ben Zobrist's. He makes himself more valuable, playing a variety of roles.
"Ben was a guy that I looked at when I first started doing this. His name was actually even brought up when me and Buddy Black were talking a couple years ago about playing multiple positions and still being an everyday guy. And, you know watching tape, heard some things about him, and... we're kind of from the same area and we hit a little bit this off season and you know I kind of picked his brain a little bit so came in with a little more knowledge of him."
Rays manager Joe Maddon shares the Padres manager's vision.
"When you're able to have guys who are able to play multiple positions and play good offense it really expands your roster," Maddon offered. "When you're just pitching to one guy on the bench, doing one thing only, it makes your bench smaller. So we have guys that can do a variety of different things, thus I think we have a bigger bench than the numbers indicate."
The Rays look forward to the seeing the numbers Logan Forsythe puts up at second and third and shortstop -- and anywhere else.
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