When the Dodgers made the decision to bring Miguel Rojas home and acquire him via trade, his path to playing time was clear: he would function as an oft-used backup infielder while Gavin Lux would take over as the everyday shortstop.
Instead, Lux sustained a season-ending injury in Spring Training and essentially forced Rojas into a consistent starting gig. So far, things have not gone well, to the point where it's worth wondering if there's even a point in keeping Rojas around anymore.
Long known as a slick fielder who puts together solid at-bats, Rojas has yet to do anything at all with the lumber. Like Peralta, he experienced a major offensive decline last season and has seen this trickle over into 2023.
In 30 games, the 34-year-old shortstop has just three RBI with a .214 average, .507 OPS and 37 OPS+. He has been one of the least productive batters in the entire league and, again, like Peralta, is still being handed a near-everyday role in the Dodgers' starting lineup.
To make matters worse for Rojas, both Luke Williams and Yonny Hernández are both hitting the ball well for Triple-A Oklahoma City to start the year. Both of these players are shortstop-capable options who are on the 40-man and could conceivably swipe some playing time from Rojas down the line if he continues to struggle.