[UPDATE #2] The Rays have officially announced the trade and there is one more player involved. In addition to the players noted below, the Rays will also receive infielder Maxx Tissenbaum.
Tissenbaum hit .277 with a .359 OBP in 111 games at single-A in 2013. He has played all four infield positions in two minor league seasons.
[UPDATE #1] According to Keith Law, in addition to Logan Forsythe, the Rays will also receive three pitching prospects, including right-handed starting pitcher Matt Andriese, right-handed reliever Matt Lollis, and right-handed reliever Brad Boxberger.
Boxberger, a first-round pick for the Reds in 2009, has made 42 appearances for the Padres over the last two seasons with a 2.72 ERA (4.34 FIP). He was part of the Matt Latos trade following the 2011 seasons.
The other two have pitched as high as triple-A and none are ranked among the Padres’ top ten prospects.
In addition to Alex Torres, the Rays will also give up starting pitching prospect Jesse Hahn, the sixth round pick in the 2010 draft. In 19 starts with high-A Charlotte, he posted a 2.15 ERA.
Boxberger will take Hahn’s spot on the 40-man roster.
[Earlier] The Rays have agreed to a trade that will send Alex Torres to the San Diego Padres for utility player Logan Forsythe according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
According to the report, the deal has not been finalized and each team will also receive additional prospects.
Jeff Passan reports that “at least five players” will be involved in the final deal.
Forsythe has hit .241 with a .310 OBP and 12 home runs in 228 games over three seasons with the Padres. He can play second base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield positions.
In parts of three seasons at triple-A, Forsythe hit .314 with an outstanding .446 OBP.
The trade certainly raises eyebrows as Alex Torres, who was a good prospect as a starting pitcher, turned into a solid member of the bullpen in 2013, posting a 1.71 ERA (2.32 FIP) in 58.0 innings for the Rays.
The trade also makes it look like Sean Rodriguez has played his last game with the Rays as he and Forsythe have almost an almost identical skill-set. However, Forsythe does appear to still have a minor league option left which could give the Rays some flexibility to keep both players.
The trade is expected to be announced on Friday.