Miguel Rojas agrees to two-year contract extension with Dodgers

On the same day he was re-introduced to fans at Saturday’s Dodgers FanFest event in Chavez Ravine, infielder Miguel Rojas also made sure his return to Los Angeles could last at least a couple of seasons.

The Dodgers agreed to a two-year contract extension with Rojas that will cover this season and the 2024 season and will guarantee the 33-year-old at least $11 million.

The deal also includes a $5 million club option for 2025 (or a $1 million buyout) that locks the veteran in before what is said to be the final year of his current contract.

After rising to the big leagues with the Dodgers in 2014, Rojas was recaptured by the club in a trade with the Miami Marlins this winter. A .260 career hitter with a safe glove, Rojas is expected to serve in a useful role for the Dodgers, capable of providing depth at shortstop, second and third base and potentially left field if the team does its Rearranged defensive alignment.

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

“It could have been really sad because of my time in Miami and all that Miami means to me and my family,” added Rojas, who spent the last eight seasons with the Marlins. “But once I knew I was going back to LA, I was just happy to go back to where it all started for me in the big leagues.”

Rojas has also been pleased with his recovery from a right wrist and hand injury that plagued him last season when he hit .236 and required two separate surgeries this winter – ligament repair in his wrist and bone removal between his index finger and thumb .

Three weeks after the second surgery, Rojas said he was cleared to begin a batting progression next week, putting him on track to potentially represent Team Venezuela at next month’s World Baseball Classic.

“It’s going so much better,” said Rojas. “I want to play for Venezuela in the WBC but I know it takes a lot of hard work to get there and if I don’t feel 100% I won’t go. I will decide with the organization what is best and look forward to being 100% healthy for spring training.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2023-02-04/miguel-rojas-dodgers-contract-extension Miguel Rojas agrees to two-year contract extension with Dodgers

Emma Bowman

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