Who Says No – Josh Rojas Trade Package
This continues my series of potential trade packages for the Braves.
I tried to find the original post, but Rojas was a name suggested to me on Twitter. So if you’re that guy, thank you. Rojas makes a lot of sense for Atlanta in terms of cost and what he provides. Rojas can play second base, but he’s also capable of playing third and outfield. He’s more of a table dresser in the mold of Ian Happ, but he’s probably a lot cheaper. Rojas also fits the mold of a left-handed bat the Braves are likely still looking for:
Josh Rojas is on fire! pic.twitter.com/lZpL6uwtuH
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) July 9, 2022
Check out previous editions of this series if you haven’t already!
IF/DE Josh Rojas (2022)
Home runs: 5
Races completed: 26
Rojas is under the control of the team until 2027, so while he would cost less than someone like Ian Happ, he still won’t be as cheap as a low cost hire like Jorge Soler or Eddie Rosario was by the 2021 deadline. Still, he could be your super-utility piece for a few seasons if you want to keep using him in that role. In my opinion, Rojas is a guy who’s good enough to play every day, so frankly the Braves might not need a guy with that much control. However, it is a coin that helps you win another World Series right now.
Braves Shopping Package
#4 S.S. Braden Shewmake
A straight trade for a guy who could soon be Atlanta’s No. 1 prospect might do the trick. It might be a slight overpayment for the Braves, but you have to give up quality players when you get four years in check. Trading one left-handed utility player for another could intrigue the Diamondbacks, who can develop Shewmake as they look to round out their roster. They’re not a competitive team right now, and Shewmake could be a big chunk of their infield going forward. Rojas is already 28, so they’re getting a similar player who fits their timeline better. The Braves don’t have to worry so much about the outlook if they get 4½ more years from Rojas. If they had to, I think the Braves would be willing to add a filler or two to that trade package.
So who says no?
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