MIAMI – Shortstop Miguel Rojas and the Miami Marlins announced a two-year, $ 10 million contract Thursday, the first big step the team has taken this offseason.
The deal has Rojas, 32, under contract through 2023. He will make $ 5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Rojas hit .265 this season for Miami, with nine home runs and 48 RBIs. No current member of the Marlins roster has appeared in more games for the franchise than Rojas, whose 730 appearances are the ninth-most in team history.
“Miguel embodies a lot of the things we want as Marlins,” Miami general manager Kim Ng said Thursday at a news conference inside Marlins Park. “On the field, the consummate professional. Defensively, extremely confident, a great stabilizer. In terms of a leader, there is no one who shows more leadership skills in that field than Miguel Rojas, as well as in the dressing room.”
Rojas came to the Marlins in 2015 as a bench player, eventually becoming the starting shortstop and clubhouse leader. He has played all four infield positions during his time with the Marlins and was appointed by manager Don Mattingly to lead the club for its regular season finals in 2019 and 2021.
“I just want to win, and I want to win here in Miami,” Rojas said.
Rojas started extension talks with the Marlins this season simply by telling the team that he wanted to stay in Miami. From there, it was only a matter of time until a deal was made.
“It was an extraordinarily easy thing to do,” Ng said.