Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Miguel Rojas to a one-year, $6 million contract extension through the 2024 season. The deal includes a $5 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2025, along with charitable contributions.
Although Rojas is guaranteed a minimum of $6 million leading into the 2025 season, he’s due to earn a $5 million salary next year. The 33-year-old was poised to become a free agent after the 2023 season.
Rojas’ contract extension was announced shortly after he appeared at 2023 Dodgers FanFest. He previously took part in the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour, visiting Whittier High School for a pep rally and later helping take orders and serve food at a local Jack in the Box.
Rojas is back with the Dodgers after spending the past eight seasons with the Miami Marlins. He was acquired January 11 in a trade that sent prospect Jacob Amaya to the Marlins.
During his time with Miami, Rojas became an everyday shortstop and batted .265./318/.366 with 136 doubles, 38 home runs and 260 RBI.
However, with the Dodgers, he’s expected to revert back to a utility role as Gavin Lux is primed to be the starting shortstop. Rojas has embraced the opportunity to again play multiple positions.
“If you guys remember, that’s how I started my career. Ten years ago I received an opportunity and I think my first start was at third base,” he said during Dodgers FanFest at Dodger Stadium.
“I was a defensive replacement at first base for a long time in Miami as well. I’ve got to say thank you to all the coaches throughout my career that helped me and shaped me. You see things come full circle. I always say I’m going to prepare to play 162 games at shortstop, but if anything happens and they need me somewhere else, I’ll be ready to play anywhere.”
Rojas made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2014 and famously saved Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies with a terrific stop and throw from third base.
Miguel Rojas recovering from surgeries
After struggling during the second half of 2022 due to a torn ligament in his right wrist, Rojas underwent surgery on the final day of the regular season. He then began to experience discomfort while attempting to swing a bat during the rehab process, and it was discovered there was a bone growth in his right hand.
Rojas required a second surgery three weeks ago but is on the mend.
“Hand is doing so much better. I saw the doctor a couple days ago, and he cleared me to hit and do all the stuff,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being 100% healthy for Spring Training.”
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