GLENDALE, Ariz. >> The Dodgers needed a long-haul second baseman.The preceding sentence has no expiration date.They have had seven primary second basemen in their past eight seasons. The only player to “repeat” was Mark Ellis in 2012-13, according to Baseball-Reference.com.They have tried veterans (Orlando Hudson, Howie Kendrick, Chase Utley), kids (Dee Gordon, Blake DeWitt) and multi-use extra men (Jamey Carroll). The ground was a lot firmer from 1973-88, when Davey Lopes and Steve Sax were the only keystone cops the Dodgers needed. But underneath all of their roster churn is a deep lament for stability. This year’s team will bear a startling resemblance to last year’s team.The Dodgers re-signed Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill. Not since the mid-90s have they needed to conduct fewer introductions.The one stranger is Logan Forsythe, the new second baseman. One reason he’s here is that he’s never a stranger very long.When the Tampa Bay Rays heard Forsythe was leaving, they reacted as if a trusted retriever had run away.“I’m surprised and upset,” said Evan Longoria when he got the news. He tempered it the next day but also said he “would not get over” the trade. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Really really really gonna miss Logie Bear,” tweeted Chris Archer, and Stephen Souza called it “a very sad day for me personally.”This was a little stronger than the usual pro forma regret, but the Rays considered Forsythe a “good teammate,” a term that has thrived in the face of the metrics craze.Anyone who makes the habitat more professional is valued beyond his numbers. Forsythe did that. He also hit, fielded and threw.“I remember going to see a Team USA that had a lot of real good college players on it,” said Dave Van Horn, Forsythe’s coach at Arkansas. “He was one of the last guys to make that team. I talked to the coaches and they said he was their favorite player.“He plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. He comes from a blue-collar background and that’s the way he plays. Eventually, he makes you like him.”Forsythe is 30 but has been fulltime for only two years. When Nick Franklin got hurt in 2015 spring training, Forsythe became the second baseman.“A little bit of pressure came off,” Forysthe said. “They said I was going in there and it didn’t matter whether I was hot or cold.”He remained seasonably warm. He hit .281 with 17 home runs and was named the Rays’ MVP (the Don Zimmer Award).Last year he hit .264 with 20 home runs. In both seasons he slugged .444. The Dodgers liked his .775 OPS against lefthand pitching in 2016.He also was Tampa Bay’s customary leadoff hitter and hit .314 in the first inning. But he is one more grinder in a clubhouse that suddenly has them in abundance.What is a “good teammate”?“You try to be aware of your surroundings,” Forsythe said. “You make a point of noticing little things. If you get a chance, you talk to the younger guys. But mainly it’s being yourself, being that consistent guy every day. And you listen.”Forsythe’s locker in Glendale is next to Justin Turner’s. Like Forsythe, Turner basically learned how to hit in the major leagues. Forsythe’s main tutor was Rays’ batting coach Derek Shelton, now on Toronto’s staff.“He’s one of my favorite guys,” Shelton said. “He has great control and command of the strike zone. At first he maybe was too selective. We worked on a leg kick to give him some more power to his pull side, but then he strarted driving the ball hard to right-center.”And the origin of the shoulder chip? Forsythe’s dad worked the power lines in Memphis, and money wasn’t plentiful. “There were three kids, so sometimes I’d be home because we couldn’t afford a baby-sitter,” he said.In the SEC Forsythe was a well-respected third baseman, but the glory went to Vanderbilt’s Pedro Alvarez, a slugger who went No. 2 in the draft. Forsythe went No. 46. “I guess you could say there was a rivalry there,” Van Horn said.Now Alvarez has drifted through Pittsburgh and Baltimore and is unsigned, having slipped down the ladder that Forsythe is still climbing.“College was fun,” Forsythe said. “You didn’t have all the technology. You’d have an idea what a guy’s out pitch was and what his (velocity) was, and that was it.”If second base was that simple the Dodgers would have solved it by now. They do sense that the new guy is no one-year wonder.