Miguel Rojas trade: Marlins trade shortstop to Dodgers for onfield prospect, reports say

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The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for veteran shortstop Miguel Rojas, returning inside prospect Jacob Amaya to the Miami Marlins, according to the Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Athleticism signaled for the first time that the teams were deep in trade negotiations.

Rojas, who turns 34 in February, is coming off a 2022 season with the Marlins in which he went .236/.283/.323 with six homers and nine stolen bases in 140 games. For his career, Rojas a OPS+ 85 with over 5,500 defensive innings at shortstop. According to Statcast estimates, Rojas remains a positive defender at the position.

Rojas, who was first signed by the Reds as an amateur from Venezuela, made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 2014 at the age of 25. The following offseason, however, he traveled to Miami on a seven-man trade that also involved notable names like Enrique Hernández, Dan Haren, Dee Strange-Gordon, Andrew Heaney and Austin Barnes. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Rojas believes he will help fill the void left by the departure of shortstop Trea Turner, who signed a free agent contract with the Phillies earlier this winter. Rojas could form a short-term squad with left-handed hitter Gavin Lux, while also being an occasional option at second and third.

On the side of the Marlins, Amaya, 24, is a former 11th rounder. Over five minor league seasons, he set a .256/.362/.393 line with 42 homers, good walk rates, and considerable time on short and second. Last season, Amaya split her time between Double and Triple-A levels.

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