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 turns 34 on February 24, is entering his final season of a two-year, $10 million extension, he is owed $5 million in 2023. In Rojas, the Dodgers get an elite defensive shortstop who is a two-time Gold Glove finalist – including last season, when he ranked in the 98th percentile of above average according to StatCast – as well as a respected clubhouse leader.
Plus, they’re reuniting with someone who secured his spot in Dodgers history as a rookie in 2014. On June 18, 2014, during the seventh inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hit bid, Rojas made an excellent pick and throw to third base. Keep the effort intact and let the ace get the job done.
Rojas was best known during the eight years he spent with the Marlins, following a trade with Dee Strange-Gordon and Dan Haren in December 2014 for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Kike Hernandez. While serving as Miami’s primary shortstop for much of that span, he also saw time at all three other infield positions.
On the offensive side, Rojas slashed .265/.318/.366 during his time with the Marlins, with 2022 seeing him post career lows in nearly all offensive categories. He spent most of the second half of the season playing with a right wrist injury, however, eventually undergoing a debridement of his right wrist to remove cartilage in October.
After the Dodgers missed out on a big-name free-agent shortstop in the market this offseason, it looked like Gavin Lucks would get most of the reps in 2023. This may still be the case, but at the very least Rojas gives them some flexibility. Additionally, Rojas also bats right-handed, while Lux hits left-handed.
Considered a plus defender at shortstop with impressive plate discipline, Amaya 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 on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, so no additional moves were needed for Rojas.