Who’s your least favorite player?

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That’s the question John Paschal asks over at The Hardball Times. And it turns out it’s a much more complicated question than it seems.

Because why do we hate players anyway? Do we hate them because they’re rotten people? If so, how do we know if they’re truly rotten? Do we hate players because they do well against our team? If so, how deep can that hate really be, given that we likely suspend it the moment that player changes teams or leagues or whatever? Do we as fans have enough invested to justify hate anyway?

Some big questions. Questions which Paschal asks several people, many of whom give small answers. Like, hating a guy because “it’s an objective truth that his face and lips are stupid,” which is what one of Paschal’s correspondents says. Not that that isn’t an excellent reason to hate someone.

Jump into the hate. Embrace it. But don’t try to explain it. That way lies madness.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.