MIAMI – The Miami Marlins made a big first move in their offseason on Thursday by signing a two-year, $ 10 million contract to their shortstop Miguel Rojas .
The 32-year-old Rojas will therefore be linked with the Marlins until the end of the 2023 season. He will receive $ 5 million in each of the next two campaigns.
Rojas is batting .265 in 2021 with the Marlins, with nine homers and 48 RBIs.
No member of the current edition of the Marlins has participated in more games with the team than Rojas. His 730 games place him ninth in the history of the organization.
« Miguel has many aspects that we look for in the Marlins, » General Manager Kim Ng said Thursday at a press conference inside Marlins Park.
“In the field, he is a professional right down to his fingertips. Defensively, he is extremely reliable and his presence greatly stabilizes the infield. As a leader, no one displays greater leadership qualities on the pitch than Miguel Rojas, nor in the locker room, ”she added.
Rojas joined the Marlins in 2015 as a reserve and eventually became the team’s regular shortstop and their leader in the locker room.
Since arriving in Miami, he’s played all four positions in the infield, and manager Don Mattingly has delegated him to lead the team in the Marlins’ final games in 2019 and 2021.
“All I want is to win, and I want to win here in Miami,” summed up the Marlins shortstop.
Rojas began talks with the Marlins during the season by telling the organization of his desire to stay in Miami. From there, it was only a matter of time before the two sides came to an agreement.
“It was an extraordinarily easy thing to do,” said Ng.