Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas all contributed to the NL West champions last season, and all find themselves with new teams. The Dodgers will see plenty of Kemp, 18 times to be exact, after his trade to the San Diego Padres. Meanwhile the rest will only be seen a handful of times with the Miami Marlins. Kemp and Gordon have spent their entire careers with the Dodgers, while Haren and Rojas have been around for a year and two years, respectively.
Regardless of how much time was spent with the organization, Rojas made his major-league debut with the Dodgers and took some time to thank them via his personal Twitter account:
— Miguel Rojas (@MRojasOfficial) December 11, 2014
Rojas played in 85 games in 2014, hitting just .181 but providing spectacular defense. He will be remembered most for his play at third base in Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter.
Gordon, who broke out in 2014 and made his first All-Star team, also had a message for the team and its’ fans via Twitter:
— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) December 11, 2014
The 26-year-old led the league in stolen bases (64) and triples (12) last season, made the All-Star team and solidified himself as a second baseman after failing to make an impact at shortstop. He heads to Miami as the centerpiece of the deal and will become their starting second baseman.
Not to be forgotten, Kemp took to Instagram for his thank you to the fans:
It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career. You have given me so much. Your faith and support for the last 9 years through good times and bad, homestands and home runs was showcased through the volume of your cheers and the love for your team. I'm thankful to the Dodgers organization for taking a chance on an Oklahoma kid. I believe we control our paths. The paths we take, control our destiny. I'm excited for the future. God Bless
Kemp has grown in the Dodger organization since he was drafted in 2003, reaching the big leagues as a 21-year-old in 2006. He became an All-Star and Gold Glove outfielder that was seemingly robbed of the MVP award in 2011. Injuries hampered the past few seasons, but he broke out once again in the second half of 2014, leading the Dodger offense. The last memory many Dodger fans will have of the 30-year-old is his game-winning home run in Game 2 of the NLDS.
Although his came one day later than the previously mentioned Dodgers, Tim Federowicz also thanked the Dodgers and fans:
I would like to thank the dodgers organization and fans for everything over the last couple of years.
— Tim Federowicz (@FedX19) December 12, 2014
Federowicz had been with the Dodgers since 2011 and spent most of his time in Triple-A. He played in 56 games during the 2013 season and 23 last year, and never made much of an impact at the Major-League level.