LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have found a solution to their infield depth problem, and it involves a familiar face.
Los Angeles has acquired shortstop Miguel Rojas from the Marlins in exchange for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya, the club announced Wednesday.
Rojas, who turns 34 on Feb. 24, is entering the final season of a two-year, $10 million extension with $5 million owed to him in 2023. In Rojas, the Dodgers got an elite defensive shortstop who was a two-time Gold Glove finalist — including last season, when he ranked 98th in above-average strikeout percentage, according to Statcast. percentile – and a respected club leader.
Beyond that, they’ll be reunited with the guy who took his place in Dodgers history as a rookie in 2014. In the seventh inning of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter bid on June 18, 2014, Rojas ran an excellent pick-and-roll and throw at third base to keep the effort intact and let the ace do the work.
Rojas is best known for this glove skill during his eight years with the Marlins after being traded to Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Kiké Hernández in December 2014, along with Dee Strange-Gordon and Dan Haren. . While he was Miami’s primary shortstop for most of that stretch, he also played at all three other infield positions.
Offensively, Rojas hit .265/.318/.366 during his time with the Marlins, and in 2022 he hit career lows in nearly every offensive category. However, he played with a right wrist injury for most of the second half of the season, eventually undergoing right wrist debridement in October to remove cartilage.
After the Dodgers missed out on big-name free-agent shortstops in the market this offseason, Gavin Lux looks set to get most of his reps in 2023. That may still be the case, but at least Rojas has given them some flexibility. Also, Rojas hits the ball right-handed, while Lux hits the ball left-handed.
Amaya is considered an excellent defender at shortstop with impressive plate discipline and is expected to make his major league debut in the 2023 season. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2017 draft. Amaya is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, so Rojas doesn’t need an additional trade.