Miguel Rojas traded to the Dodgers for the Marlins

Miguel Rojas traded to the Dodgers for the Marlins

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have found a way to address their outfield depth and it involves a familiar face.

Los Angeles acquired shortstop Miguel Rojas from the Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya, the club announced Wednesday.

Rojas, who will turn 34 on Feb. 24, enters the final season of a two-year, $10 million extension, with $5 million due in 2023. In Rojas, the Dodgers get a defensive shortstop from ‘elite that is twice. A Gold Glove finalist, including last season when he ranked in the 98th percentile in strikeouts above average, by Statcast, as well as a respected clubhouse leader.

Beyond that, they are reunited with someone who secured his place in Dodgers history as a rookie in 2014. During the seventh inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter on June 18, 2014, Rojas an excellent pick and throw to third base to keep the effort intact and allow the ace to finish the job.

It’s that glovework that Rojas was best known for during his eight years with the Marlins, after he was traded there along with Dee Strange-Gordon and Dan Haren for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Kiké Hernandez in December from 2014. While he served as Miami’s primary shortstop for much of that stretch, he has also seen time at the other three outfield positions.

Offensively, Rojas slashed .265/.318/.366 during his time with the Marlins, with 2022 seeing him hit career lows in nearly every offensive category. He spent most of the second half of the season playing with a right wrist injury, but eventually undergoing debridement of his right wrist to remove the cartilage in October

After the Dodgers missed out on big free agent shortstops this offseason, it looked like Gavin Lux would get the majority of the snaps there in 2023. That may still be the case, but at least Rojas is giving them. some flexibility. Additionally, Rojas also bats right-handed, while Lux bats left-handed.

Amaya, who is considered a positive defender at shortstop with impressive plate discipline, is expected to make his major league debut during the 2023 season. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2017 Draft. Amaya was in the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, so no additional moves are necessary for Rojas.

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