As stated many times already, the Dodgers seemed to be “in the conversation” around several big-name free agents this offseason but were unable to sign any of them to contracts. Instead, they decided to take a chance at low-risk players such as former Dodger, Miguel Rojas.
On Jan. 11th, the Dodgers traded Jacob Amaya for a potential short stop in 33-year-old Miguel Rojas. Rojas got his major league debut in LA back in 2014 before being traded to Miami where he spent the past eight seasons of his career.
After the trade, Rojas appeared on The Chris Rose Rotation show (a production of Jomboy media) and shared his reaction and thoughts on returning to Los Angeles.
“With the Marlins I was always the everyday shortstop. Going somewhere else to do something different before, it didn’t make sense. But, at this time of my career and at this time of my time with the Marlins I feel like it is the move is supposed to be made. I wasn’t shocked because there are a lot of things going on with the organization here and bringing new players, bringing new people. But at the end of the day I’m super happy with the new opportunity that I’m going to have to go back to LA and having the opportunity to be in this part of my career where I can still contribute for a winner. And winning a championship is my ultimate goal and wanting to do it here in LA is going to be amazing.”
To play for the Dodgers is a privilege and Rojas is well aware of what that entails. Miami was a team that struggled to have more than one winning season in the past decade. The last time they were above .500 was back in the shortened 2020 season where they went 31-29 before eventually losing in the NLDS.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have a long history of success including ten consecutive seasons making the postseason.
But Rojas acknowledges that being a part of this talented group of players will not be easy, especially after the type of season he had last year. Across the 2022 season, he slashed .236/.283/.323 with a .606 OPS in 140 games and 471 ABs.
But now, Rojas’ time playing for a mediocre team is up and hopefully he can find his groove surrounded by plenty of talent here in Los Angeles.
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