Rosario has some obvious upside and first and foremost being he is the youngest option out in the free agent market for shortstop. The 28 year old still has plenty of life left in his career and I’m sure multiple teams will attempt to add him, which means he will cost more. Rosario is no superstar or huge offensive power so he won’t command a huge paycheck, which is a relief to Marlins brass, especially given the fact he is the top name out there for this position.
I’m still hopeful the Marlins will pull off a trade for shortstop, as the best names left for that position are on teams already and there are a few that could be on the block. Amed Rosario however is nothing to just simply pass over or to think he is another Joey Wendle. Rosario could add a lot of diversity to the lineup and would provide some speed on the base paths.
Rosario has consistently hit in the upper .200s with a career average at .272. He has produced at a decent rate with 25 or so doubles a year, close to 10 triples a year, and typically double digit home runs. Rosario has also added to the team’s success on the bases, stealing on average 15 bases or 19 per 162 games. Rosario beats out Wendle in all those categories. Amed Rosario is much better on the bases as Wendle’s high was 12 with the Marlins but he is typically in single digits.
If Rosario can produce for the Marlins a season where he hits 25 doubles, 8, triples, 10 home runs, 65 RBI, and 15 stolen bases they will be in good shape. In two years Wendle produced 52 RBIs with the Marlins and has only 2 seasons where he produced over 32 RBI. Rosario over the past 3 years has driven in 58, 71, and 57 RBIs and that will be a huge boon for the Marlins offense.