The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost two top shortstops in the past two off-seasons, Corey Seager and Trea Turner. Due to those losses, L.A. became relatively thin in that position, with the question mark surrounding whether Gavin Lux can handle the shortstop position on an everyday basis. That is why the Dodgers went out and got some reassurance by acquiring former Dodger Miguel Rojas from the Miami Marlins.
Los Angeles traded away their shortstop prospect Jacob Amaya for Rojas earlier this week. But before he spent the past eight years in Miami, the soon-to-be 34-year-old spent his first major league season with the Boys in Blue in 2014.
The rookie had a brutal rookie campaign, but the Dodgers won their division for the second straight season and earned the number two seed in the National League, where they faced the St Louis Cardinals.
25-year-old Rojas cracked the 2014 postseason roster, and when the news broke about his return to L.A., he showed fans that it was meant for him to return to Southern California.
It’s like Rojas always knew he was meant to go back to where things started for him.
The righty is slightly older than when we were first familiar with him, but he still can play the infield at a high level.
His defense in 2022 for Miami was spectacular; Miguel was ranked second among shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved with 15. L.A.’s former shortstop sometimes struggled in ending innings or turning plays, so hopefully, the potential combination of Lux, Rojas, and Taylor can be consistent at short.
Rojas seems excited to be back at Chavez Ravine, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for Dodger fans.
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