The Dodgers are “deep in talks” to amass shortstop Miguel Rojas from the Marlins, in response to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic., though no deal is finished but. Craig Mish of the Miami Herald stories that the Marlins are “on the verge” of buying and selling Rojas to the Dodgers for infielder Jacob Amaya. The deal is now “shut,” per Jon Heyman of The New York Post.
Rojas, 34 in February, truly made his MLB debut for the Dodgers in 2014 however was one of many seven gamers concerned in a commerce that December that noticed him head to Miami. He served in a utility position for a number of years however step by step took over the on a regular basis shortstop job for the Marlins.
He hasn’t hit a lot within the majors, having solely gone over the fence 39 instances in his 9 seasons. However, he has confirmed powerful to strike out, solely happening on strikes in 12.6% of his profession plate appearances. For reference, the league common final yr was 22.4%, so Rojas has been punched out at a fee barely half of that. The general result’s a profession batting line of .260/.314/.358 and a wRC+ of 85, indicating he is been about 15% beneath the league common.
What actually makes Rojas interesting is his glove. Last yr, he acquired robust marks from all three of Defensive Runs Saved, Ultimate Zone Rating and Outs Above Average. His 15 DRS was second solely amongst shortstops final yr Jeremy Peña forward of him. His 4.9 UZR was fourth-best within the league and his 10 OAA had him tied for fifth. He additionally got here second amongst all shortstops within the Fielding Bible voting, trailing solely Jorge Mateo. His dash pace is barely within the twenty ninth percentile however he was nonetheless capable of swipe 22 baggage over the previous two seasons. Despite the subpar batting, he is been value 1.2 wins above alternative or larger in every of the previous six seasons, in response to the calculations of FanGraphs. He’s additionally within the second yr of a modest two-year, $10MM extension he signed with the membership late in 2021.
Rojas had been linked to the Red Sox however as a substitute seems to be heading to Los Angeles. The Dodgers misplaced their incumbent shortstop when Trea Turner reached free company and signed with the Phillies earlier this offseason. The membership is anticipated to present Gavin Lux an opportunity to maneuver from second to brief and develop into the membership’s long-term answer there, however having Rojas readily available offers them a veteran fallback plan who may also probably impart his veteran knowledge to the youthful participant.
Despite the attributes of Rojas, the Marlins have moved on. They’ve been recognized to be in search of extra offense for fairly a while given their struggles in that division. The team-wide batting line final yr was .230/.294/.363 for a wRC+ of 88, putting them forward of simply 5 different groups within the league in that regard. The Fish tried so as to add a bit extra pop to the lineup just lately once they signed Jean Segura. It was speculated by some at that time that they’d then transfer Jazz Chisholm Jr. to shortstop and set up Segura on the keystone. Subsequent stories recommend the membership truly deliberate to have Segura at third however maybe that preliminary hypothesis will show to be right in gentle of at the moment’s information.
Then once more, it is potential that the opposite participant on this deal will likely be an element on the shortstop place in Miami. Amaya, 24, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2017 and has been thought-about certainly one of their most attention-grabbing prospects since then. Prospect evaluators have usually thought-about him to be a superb defender however there are questions on his bat. In 2021, he spent the yr in Double-A, stepping into 113 video games at that degree. While he walked in 10.9% of his plate appearances, he hit simply .216/.303/.343 for a wRC+ of 75. Despite that tepid displaying, he was added to the membership’s 40-man in November of that yr to guard him from choice within the Rule 5 draft.
Last yr, he appeared to get the cling of Double-A, hitting .264/.370/.500 for a wRC+ of 120 in 49 video games. He was despatched as much as Triple-A however hit one other pace bump. He walked in 14.9% of his journeys to the plate however his .259/.368/.381 line was solely adequate for a 94 wRC+ within the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He nonetheless has a few possibility years remaining, which might enable the Marlins to maintain him within the minors to proceed creating as a hitter. But since he is already performed in 84 video games on the Triple-A degree, it would not look like a serious league audition ought to be too far off.
More to come back.