On Wednesday, the Dodgers traded Noah Syndergaard and money to the Cleveland Guardians for shortstop Amed Rosario. The Dominican Republic native debuted in 2017 with the New York Mets and was traded to the Guardians forward of the 2021 season.
It’s not a transfer many followers noticed coming nevertheless it actually has worth for the Dodger roster.
Gavin Lux injured his knee early throughout spring coaching and can (doubtless) miss the complete 2023 season. When Lux went down, the idea was that the Dodgers would seek for a shortstop by way of commerce or free company. Previous to Lux’s damage, the membership had introduced in veteran shortstop Miguel Rojas. He took over the position because the starter on the place, and is a good fielding shortstop, however doesn’t contribute to the offense often.
At 34, he wants periodic relaxation. The Dodgers initially envisioned utilizing Rojas as a utility infielder after they acquired him from the Miami Marlins. With the additions of Rosario and Kiké Hernández, Rojas could possibly slide again into that position for the ultimate few months of the common season.
This season Rojas has a .221 batting common with no house runs and 11 RBI. He’s an offensive legal responsibility when the Dodgers face left-handed starters when Dave Roberts sits each Jason Heyward and David Peralta.
Rosario, 27, is getting into his prime however is in the course of a down season on either side of the ball. Nevertheless, he’s hitting .303 in opposition to left-handed pitching and has hit lefties properly over the course of his profession.
In 88 video games this season, Rosario dedicated 11 errors, so Roberts in all probability will use Rojas as a late-inning defensive substitute when the Dodgers are forward. Rosario doesn’t have a very good OPS since he doesn’t have both a lot energy or persistence on the plate. However he can contribute down close to the underside of the lineup and hold the road transferring in opposition to left-handed pitching.
The wild card here’s what the Dodgers teaching workers can do to assist enhance Rosario’s recreation. Prior to now, the workforce has helped gamers on offense and on protection with positioning cues and with mechanics on throwing the baseball extra persistently throughout the diamond.
Rosario is a low threat, good reward addition to the Dodger roster. And the entrance workplace doubtless isn’t carried out including fairly but.
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