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Dodgers Rumor: Miguel Rojas More Likely To Be in Utility Role Than Starter at Short

Former Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas became current Dodgers infielder Miguel Rojas on Wednesday when L.A. acquired him from the Marlins for shortstop prospect Jacob Amaya. Within about two hours in the afternoon, the deal went from rumored to official.

Rojas was a Gold Glove finalist in 2022 and is an outstanding defensive shortstop, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll fill more of a utility infielder role for L.A.

Rojas has a history as a utility infielder; while shortstop has always been his primary position, he has played multiple positions in every season except 2021. His most famous play in the minds of Dodger fans, of course, came at third base when he saved Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter in 2014.

Rojas doesn’t have the bat to be an everyday player, unless L.A.’s hitting team can unlock whatever magic he found in the shortened 2020 season, when he posted a 138 OPS+ in 40 games. But as a utility infielder, he can provide value even if he hits like a 1980s shortstop.

Despite DiGiovanna’s report, though, it’s not a totally sure thing that will be his role. Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic thinks Rojas could slot in as the starting shortstop, moving Gavin Lux back to second and freeing up Chris Taylor to play wherever he’s needed.

Adding Rojas at the shortstop position allows the Dodgers to keep Lux at second base – where he put together his best big league performance as an everyday player last season – and frees Chris Taylor up to bounce between second base and the outfield, another area of need for the Dodgers.

We might get more clarity on L.A.’s plans for Rojas in the coming days, or they might let things play out in spring training and see where the chips fall. One thing is sure, though: Rojas gives them more options, and that’s not a bad thing.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


    1. There is no way he is starting so Lux plays second. That means that either Vargas or Muncy is sitting every game.

  1. I appreciate all (most) of the opinions expressed by my fellow Dodger fans. I never hear mention of one of my favorites, for understandable reasons, Edwin Rios. I realize that he has not been able to stay healthy but, like I stated, he remains one of my favorites. I hope things work out and he will be in spring training with the Dodgers. IF? If he could just stay healthy.

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