The Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to win a World Series title, have added to their shortstop depth with a trade.
Jeff Passan and other major league sources announced the trade between the Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians on social media on Sunday.
The Dodgers and Cleveland executed a one-for-one trade. The Dodgers sent pitcher Noah Syndergaard, 31, and acquired shortstop Ahmed Rosario, 28, from Cleveland.
The Dodgers bolstered their infield with the addition of Rosario, a seventh-year big leaguer with 791 career major league games. Rosario is a perfect fit to fill the shortstop position, which has been an issue since the start of the season.
After last season ended, the Dodgers tried to fill the void left by Trey Turner (Philadelphia Phillies), but things didn’t go as planned. Gavin Lux, one of the team’s top prospects and widely expected to be the next Dodgers starting shortstop, was lost for the season after tearing his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during an exhibition game.
At the time, the Dodgers were looking to fill the hole at shortstop and were rumored to have traded for Ha-Sung Kim (San Diego Padres).
Kim played solid defense last year, finishing second in the National League Gold Glove shortstop race. However, with the arrival of free agent sensation Xander Bogaerts, he was moved to second base. Despite proving competitive, the Dodgers’ need for a shortstop seemed to align with the departed Kim Ha-Sung, but the trade never materialized.
Since then, the Dodgers have tried a number of things, including trading for Miguel Rojas and moving multiplayer Chris Taylor to shortstop, but none of them have yielded satisfactory results.
Despite being more of a defensive shortstop, Rojas and Taylor have not been able to help the team at the plate, hitting in the low double digits. The Dodgers’ hitting metrics at shortstop this season ranked 26th out of 30 teams, virtually dead last.토스카지노
The Dodgers are currently 58-43 on the season, leading the National League West. They seem to be on track, but they definitely need to improve to reach higher.
At this point, Rosario’s addition makes a lot of sense. In 791 career games, Rosario is batting .273 (3050-for-833) with 57 home runs, 316 RBI, and a .708 OPS. While his offensive production has been below average this season, he could help bolster your lineup.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are doing everything they can to bolster their roster ahead of the trade deadline (next month). A day earlier, they reunited with utility player Kike Hernandez in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.