`The 2023 MLB trade deadline was full of surprises, but none more shocking than the deal that sent shortstop Amed Rosario from the Cleveland Guardians to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rosario, who was having a breakout season with the Guardians, was traded for two prospects and cash considerations, according to multiple reports.
Rosario, 27, was hitting .312 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in 103 games for the Guardians, who were in second place in the AL Central.
He was also playing stellar defense at shortstop, ranking among the league leaders in fielding percentage and defensive runs saved. Rosario was under team control through 2024, making him a valuable asset for the Guardians.
The Dodgers, who were looking to upgrade their infield after losing Corey Seager to free agency, swooped in and acquired Rosario in a stunning move.
The Dodgers sent outfielder Andy Pages and pitcher Clayton Beeter, both ranked among their top 10 prospects by MLB.com, to the Guardians, along with $5 million in cash. The Dodgers also agreed to pay Rosario’s remaining salary for this season, which was about $2 million.
The trade was met with mixed reactions from both fan bases and analysts. Some praised the Dodgers for adding a dynamic player who can hit for average and power, and who can play multiple positions.
The Dodgers make another move!
Los Angeles has reportedly traded for shortstop Amed Rosario. pic.twitter.com/h5tvlDwY42
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 26, 2023
Others criticized the Dodgers for giving up too much for a rental player who may not fit in their crowded lineup. Some lauded the Guardians for getting a good return for Rosario, who was unlikely to re-sign with them after 2024. Others lamented the loss of Rosario, who was a fan favorite and a leader in the clubhouse.
Rosario expressed his gratitude to the Guardians and their fans in an emotional Instagram post, saying that he will always cherish his time in Cleveland.
He also said that he is excited to join the Dodgers and help them win another World Series. Rosario is expected to join the Dodgers in San Francisco, where they will face the Giants in a crucial series this weekend.