The Dodgers have made the only real moves of the trade deadline thus far. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Dodgers were acquiring shortstop Amed Rosario from the Cleveland Guardians. This comes about 24 hours after the team brought back old friend Kiké Hernández from the Boston Red Sox for two minor league relivers.
Rosario is in his seventh year in the league and is a right-handed bat, a department in which the Dodgers need help. He plays shortstop, which will aid the position in which Miguel Rojas has struggled as a hitter all year long.
Rosario is by no means a splash — hitting just .265 this season with three home runs, 40 RBIs and an OPS of .675. However, he’s been great against left-handed pitching, slashing .303/.345/.477 with an OPS of .822 in 116 plate appearances. The return for Rosario is not yet known at the time of writing this.
Rosario joins Hernández as two right-handed, depth positions for the Dodgers this deadline. Rosario’s immediate impact is not yet known, but he’s likely to slide in a platoon at the shortstop position, and potentially take playing time from Miguel Rojas if he continues to struggle at the plate.
On the downside, Rosario is having a horrible defensive year in Cleveland, with -16 defensive runs saved above average. He’s never been a good defender at shortstop, which could give Rojas an edge in terms of consistent playing time.
The fit is not exactly there, however, Rosario can hit left-handed pitching, and that’s an area the Dodgers clearly need help in. The Dodgers said they were going to get more right-handed hitting, and it didn’t take them long to do it.
Hopefully their next trade involves some pitching upgrades, but it’s nice to see them making moves with less than a week until the trade deadline.
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