As he continues to swing a hot bat, Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas waits to see if he will be traded by the Miami Marlins this week.
Would the Marlins trade their hottest bat and one of their leaders in the clubhouse?
Rojas was at again, hitting a leadoff home run in Miami’s 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. The victory gave the team a series win and amped up the notion one of the Marlins most popular players could be headed somewhere else before Wednesday night.
It’s become a waiting game for the 30-year-old. Rojas has been a steady influence on the younger players in the lineup and his ability to play multiple positions makes him one of the most valuable players on the 25-man roster.
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As Miami continues to push through another losing season, Rojas continues to play the game and lets the notion of a trade play out.
"“On the Marlins’ throwback weekend, when Miami was wearing its retro teal, vest uniforms, Rojas became the first player to deliver consecutive leadoff homers since Hanley Ramirez on July 17-18, 2006. Ramirez won the National League Rookie of the Year Award that season,” Joe Frisaro writes."
Rojas won the teams starting shortstop slot over J.T. Riddle and has continued to provide clutch hitting this season as well as steady defense. The Marlins as a team are one of the worst hitting ball clubs in Major League Baseball. Not known as a team with a lot of power, getting the big hit from players who are not normally known for their swing gives this franchise a definite boost.
Rojas was excited to be part of history for this organization.
"“That’s a great way to start the games, not just for me, but for the whole team to have success,” Rojas said. “Finding our power stroke, it’s been really good to watch. All the credit goes to the pitching staff, keeping us in the game. I feel like we’re playing really good baseball lately.”"
Rojas has been the subject of trade rumors of late. For the majority of the season, it has been discussed that other players would be dealt who have expiring contracts. Because of his versatility, he becomes a bigger trade chip for teams looking for a veteran bat off the bench.
What would be the Marlins loss would certainly be a playoff contenders gain.