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Dodgers News: Miguel Rojas Excited For Reduced Role in LA

Rojas shared how he felt returning the team for a second stint.

Miguel Rojas is back where it all started and is looking forward to simply getting back into action. Rojas kicked off his MLB career with Los Angeles back in 2012 after he spent six years playing for the Cincinnati Reds minor league team.

In 2014, Rojas went to the Miami Marlins in a trade involving Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher, Austin Barnes, and Kiké Hernández. Last season with Miami, the infielder slashed .236/.283/.232 with a .606 OPS across 140 games and 471 ABs.

Now that the veteran is a Dodger once again, the team hopes to utilize his experience and versatility at second base, third base, and shortstop.

While at FanFest over the weekend, Rojas expressed how he felt returning to Dodger Stadium and joining the team for a second stint: 

“It’s 100% a boost of energy. I feel like I’ve been worried about so many other things than just playing baseball the last couple of years because the necessity of being a good leader, being a good mentor for kids, and being there for them when they get to the big leagues. Now I don’t feel that way anymore. I feel like I want to play baseball — I want to show up and have fun. And that’s exactly what I felt when I got the news that I had been traded to the Dodgers. Super excited to play with guys like Freddie (Freeman), Mookie (Betts), get a reunion with Clayton (Kershaw), Max Muncy, (Gavin) Lux, I talk to them a lot when I play against them and now I can’t really wait to play with them.”

As he takes on a reduced role, the veteran’s skillset will still remain valuable to the club. The 33-year-old will be able to provide LA with some experience, but as he mentioned, Rojas is simply excited to make the most out of his time in Los Angeles. 

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