This offseason, the Dodgers made a mistake. Yes, it's safe to call it a mistake now. They traded No. 15 prospect Jacob Amaya (a shortstop) for Miguel Rojas, who they extended through 2024 upon his arrival.
Rojas may be a tremendous defender (he has a 1.2 dWAR and is in the 77th percentile for Outs Above Average), but he's legitimately a black hole on offense. He's worth negative value on that side of the ball and is statistically one of the worst hitters in all of baseball (46 OPS+ in 266 plate appearances).
When the Dodgers acquired Hernandez and Rosario, it might've signaled the end for Rojas. And in this case, the Dodgers won't be looking for value in return -- they probably just want to free up whatever's left on his $4.25 million salary for this year and the $5.75 million owed to him next year. A team in need of a veteran backup might value Rojas' presence, but right now it doesn't seem like he has much of a role on a playoff contender. Is it worth it to have him on the postseason roster?
Again, a rebuilding team might value his clubhouse presence and relatively cheap price tag, not to mention his defensive insurance. At this point, though, the Dodgers can't afford his bat in the lineup because the offense needs to keep humming to properly back the pitching staff. If all of Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Rosario can play shortstop and provide better bats, then why keep Rojas around?