I heard a description of Miguel Rojas’ fielding talents on the Fox Sports Florida broadcast in last night’s game. To paraphrase – Rojas’ range is good, but not great, and his arm is good, but not great. The whole package, however, is hard to match.
In addition to Rojas’ above average defense at shortstop (and at the other three positions as well, if ever needed), he’s putting together the best offensive seasons of his career. After hitting one homer each in each of his first four years, he clubbed 11 last season while slashing .252/.297/.346. The power seems to have been a flash in the pan, but his slash line has taken a sharp northward turn to .293/.348/.368 in 90 games. It’s nearly identical to the slashline he totaled in 90 games in 2017, the difference being that this season is just over half complete.
Rojas, at 30, becomes free-agent eligible after next season, so may or may not be a long-term solution for a club looking for a short-term fix. Rojas is a solid option for a team looking for that “one last piece” in the infield.
The return on Rojas’ services would be more than the yield we would see for Granderson, and a lot less than Richards would command.