MIGUEL ROJAS, 25, infielder.
Final 2014 stats: Hit .181 with 16 runs, one homer, 9 RBI and .242 on-base and .221 slugging percentages in 149 plate appearances. Seven errors in 198 chances (.965).
Contract status: Under team control.
The good: A very nice glove, and one no doubt the pitchers would prefer behind them over the departed
The bad: Pretty much zippo on the hitting front. Went 3-for-5 in 5-1 win over Brewers on Aug. 10. His fielding percentage was not all that impressive (Ramirez has a lifetime .967 mark), but three of his seven errors came playing third base. He still displayed a smooth glove and could get to plenty of balls Ramirez never could. Often came into games late as his defensive replacement.
What’s next: At the moment, in the mix to be the
The take: He spent seven seasons in the Reds' organization without ever getting called up. Nothing about his bat hinted he could survive in the majors. He has a career .234 batting average in the minors.
But the Dodgers took a no-risk gamble signing him as a free agent after the 2012 season and then he hit .233 at double-A Chattanooga. Last season, however, he did bat .302 at triple-A Albuquerque and they still raved about his glove, so he was brought up. Spent most of the last four months with the Dodgers.
Management is trying to add a starting shortstop to replace Ramirez, so Rojas remains in baseball purgatory. If