After eight seasons with the Marlins, Miguel Rojas change of organization tonight. Miami traded the infielder to the Dodgers in a one-for-one deal that sent an infielder prospect Jacob Amaya south of Florida.
Rojas is coming off a tough season in which he hit .237/.282/.324 in 504 trips to the plate. A right wrist issue appeared to play a part in this below-average offensive outing, as the veteran underwent surgery in October to repair a torn triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). SportsGrid’s Craig Mish reported tonight that Rojas had recently experienced another minor issue and would need to undergo another procedure to fix the problem (Twitter link).
There’s no indication that this latest issue will affect Rojas’ preparation for spring training, let alone the start of the regular season. It’s clearly not a huge concern for the Dodgers, who no doubt learned about it in trade talks. Rojas acknowledged tonight that there is “a few more things i need to figure out with the wrist“but added that he had”be ready for spring training if all goes well” (via Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue).
Rojas, 34 next month, adds a first-glove utility option to the mix at LA Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that the club plans to bounce the nine-year MLB veteran around the infield in a multi- positions. This leaves open the possibility of Gavin Lux take the main shortstop position, with Max Muncy and Chris Taylor handy for seeing the time at second and third bases (and for Taylor to keep logging plenty of action on the field). Best prospect michael vargas should also have a chance in the hot corner.
As for Miami, they subtracted some certainty from the short-term mix on the court. mish tweet that Joey Wendle is likely to serve as the club’s main shortstop at the start of the season. He would pair up in the middle of the infield with a young star Jazz Chisholm Jr.while the signatory of the offseason Jean Segura is tagged out for third base service. Mish and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote last week that Chisholm was interested in having a chance to return to shortstop at some point. It doesn’t appear to be in the works at this time, however.
Amaya, a first infielder, is already on the 40-man roster. He is fresh off a .259/.368/.381 performance in Triple-A and believes he has a chance to make his big league debut sometime in 2023. Jordan Groshans and xavier edwards are also on the 40-man, as is the fast utility player Jon Berty.