Miguel Rojas agrees to two-year contract extension with Dodgers

On the identical day he was reintroduced to followers on the Dodgers’ FanFest occasion at Chavez Ravine on Saturday, infielder Miguel Rojas additionally ensured his return to Los Angeles might final at the least a few seasons.

The Dodgers agreed to a two-year contract extension with Rojas that may cowl this season and the 2024 marketing campaign, guaranteeing the 33-year-old at the least $11 million.

The deal additionally features a $5-million membership possibility for 2025 (or a $1-million buyout), locking up the veteran forward of what was presupposed to be the ultimate yr of his present contract.

After breaking into the massive leagues with the Dodgers in 2014, Rojas was reacquired by the membership in a commerce with the Miami Marlins this winter. A profession .260 hitter with a sure-handed glove, Rojas is predicted to serve in a utility position for the Dodgers, able to offering depth at shortstop, second and third base, and doubtlessly left discipline because the workforce rearranges its defensive alignment.

“When I got the news that I was coming back to L.A., I couldn’t have been happier,” Rojas mentioned Saturday afternoon.

“It could have been really sad, because of my time in Miami and everything that Miami means to me and my family,” added Rojas, who spent the final eight seasons with the Marlins. “But when I knew I was coming back to L.A., I was just happy to come back to where everything started for me in the big leagues.”

Rojas was additionally happy along with his restoration from a proper wrist and hand harm that plagued him final season, when he batted .236, and required two separate procedures this winter — a ligament restore in his wrist and a bone removing between his index finger and thumb.

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Three weeks after the second surgical procedure, Rojas mentioned he has been cleared to start a hitting development this coming week, placing him on monitor to doubtlessly take part for Team Venezuela in subsequent month’s World Baseball Classic.

“It’s doing so much better,” Rojas mentioned. “I want to play for Venezuela in the WBC, but I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get there, and if I’m not feeling 100% I’m not gonna go. It’s gonna be me deciding with the organization what’s the best thing to do, and looking forward to being 100% healthy for spring training.”