This continues my series of potential Braves trade packages.
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 able to play third and the outfield. He’s more of a table setter in the mold of Ian Happ, but he’s probably a lot less costly. Rojas also fits the mold of a left-handed bat the Braves are probably still seeking:
Josh Rojas is on fire! pic.twitter.com/lZpL6uwtuH
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) July 9, 2022
Check out the previous editions of this series if you haven’t already!
- Braves: Who Says No — Andrew Benintendi Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Brandon Drury Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Ian Happ Trade Package
IF/OF Josh Rojas (2022)
Slash Line: .282/.346/.422
Home Runs: 5
Runs Batted In: 26
Rojas is under team control until 2027, so although he would cost less than someone like Ian Happ, he’s still not going to be as cheap as a low-cost rental like Jorge Soler or Eddie Rosario was at the 2021 trade 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 may not need a guy with this much control. However, he’s a piece that helps you win another World Series right now.
Braves Trade Package
#4 SS Braden Shewmake
A straight up swap for a guy who could be Atlanta’s #1 prospect soon might get the deal done. This could be a slight overpay for the Braves, but you have to give up quality players when you’re getting four years of control. Swapping out one lefty utility player for another could be intriguing to the Diamondbacks, who can develop Shewmake as they look to round out their roster. They are not a competitive team right now, and Shewmake could be a big piece of their infield going forward. Rojas is already 28, so they’re getting a similar player that fits their timeline better. The Braves don’t have to worry as much about prospects if they’re getting 4 1/2 more years of Rojas. If they had to, I think the Braves would be willing to throw a filler piece or two in this trade package.
So, who says no?
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