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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Marlins Reportedly to Trade Shortstop Miguel Rojas to the Dodgers

Rojas, 34 next month, has been a high-contact, solid-defense shortstop for the Marlins for a long time, and although he may not be an everyday starter for the Dodgers, his righty bat might pair nicely in a time-share with Lux’s lefty bat (and Lux can man other positions when he’s not at short). This is a floor-raising move for a team that already had an incredibly strong floor.

It’s a good move for the Dodgers (and their pitchers), and they’ll part with shortstop prospect Jacob Amaya, who is ranked 15th in a very good Dodgers system:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2023 at 07:29 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: January 11, 2023 at 08:48 PM (#6112907)
Rojas will be 34 for the 2023 season, and is only signed through this season (at a pretty low $5MM).

So I guess this is the Marlins trying to get something for him, while they can.

Not a terrible trade, though with the Marlins, it's another clear case of threading water.
   2. lipixi Posted: January 11, 2023 at 10:45 PM (#6112917)
Marlins is an excellent player and has many fans!
His daily challenge with the game weaver game today
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2023 at 09:09 AM (#6112939)
Can Chisholm move to short? Does Segura move back to 2B or do they put Wendle/Berti there?
   4. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: January 12, 2023 at 09:27 AM (#6112942)
Wow, I haven't seen genuine spambot comments in the wild for many a moon.
   5. Cris E Posted: January 12, 2023 at 01:31 PM (#6112972)
Looks like they should be looking for a trade from SP depth for a big league ready MI.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: January 12, 2023 at 02:13 PM (#6112978)
Alcantara for Nick Madrigal! :-)
   7. DCA Posted: January 12, 2023 at 02:28 PM (#6112983)
I don't think Jazz moves back to SS ... if Brian Anderson were still around, sure, but the best setup would seem to be Jazz at 2B, Segura at 3B, someone (Wendle/Amaya?) at SS.

I like Rojas for the Dodgers. Pretty much a perfect fit once they ended up not grabbing one of the top 4 FA shortstops. But Amaya is likely to be just as good and cheaper, and 5 more years of control: Steamer projects him for a 91 OPS+ compared to 93+ for Rojas, and Amaya is supposedly a plus defender similar to Rojas as well.

So I love this for the Marlins, and I think Amaya is probably their primary SS by season's end, if not immediately.
   8. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 12, 2023 at 06:49 PM (#6113022)
bWAR seems to think that Rojas has been one of the best fielders in the game for the last couple of years. I wonder if that's really the case.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 12, 2023 at 07:25 PM (#6113024)
Wow, I haven't seen genuine spambot comments in the wild for many a moon.
This site is retro in many ways. They've been fairly common around here lately, often randomly resurrecting threads that were dormant for quite a while.
   10. Der-K's enjoying the new boygenius album. Posted: January 12, 2023 at 08:40 PM (#6113029)
Like it for Miami, get it for the Dodgers.

This is a bit of a hijack, so feel free to ignore (not that this thread might not be dead anyway) but: the Dodgers’ moves might be predicated on trying to get under the luxury tax to avoid repeater penalties. (This would make sense to me as a thing to do but of course depends on ownership’s willingness to spend) - which was complicated with the reinstatement and non-trade of Bauer.
This struck me as an excellent opportunity for a willing team to buy prospects. Acquire Bauer from LA and immediately release him and get paid by LA to do so. So, I wonder:
- do you think MLB told LA “we will consider this an attempt at subverting the rules” (or whatever) and that they would not allow it?
- if not, what do you think LA would have had to give up in order for a team to do this? (Different answers depending on how much salary LA covered)?
   11. Walt Davis Posted: January 13, 2023 at 02:15 PM (#6113106)
bWAR seems to think that Rojas has been one of the best fielders in the game for the last couple of years. I wonder if that's really the case.

Statcast put him 12 outs, 9 runs above-average in 2022 ... #15 in all MLB, #5 among SS. It was kinda out of nowhere -- looks like they rated him as average for the years before that.
   12. Der-K's enjoying the new boygenius album. Posted: January 13, 2023 at 04:10 PM (#6113116)
He's consistently above average by other metrics.
   13. The Duke Posted: January 15, 2023 at 10:28 PM (#6113325)
So the dodgers are no over the threshold and have not re-set, correct? Surely they will find a way to get back under right? A muncy deal perhaps .
   14. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: January 15, 2023 at 11:24 PM (#6113327)
Rojas had a big season with the glove the last time he was with the Dodgers: +13 runs above average in limited play. He also saved Kershaw’s no hitter.

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