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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Marlins, Miguel Rojas agree to extension

The Marlins and Miguel Rojas have agreed to an extension that will keep him with the club through 2023, a source told Rojas, whose $5.5 million vesting option for ‘22 was activated when he reached 500 plate appearances in ‘21, will make $10 million total on the deal, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the report.

Rojas, who will turn 33 on Feb. 24, is Miami’s longest-tenured player and unofficial captain. In seven seasons with the Marlins, he has slashed .271/.325/.375 with 32 homers and 37 stolen bases in 730 games. A National League Gold Glove Award finalist in 2020, Rojas ranked third among MLB shortstops with 10.3 Defensive Runs Above Average per FanGraphs in ‘21.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2021 at 12:51 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 27, 2021 at 05:18 PM (#6049420)
Rojas has been solid and unspectacular for a good long while now. You get a SS top and a SS glove. He's at 10 WAR, 2 WAA and possibly Rfield under-rates his defense a bit so he might be a bit better. This deal will bring him to $25 M in career earnings, enough to squeak by.

Something of an odd deal from his perspective. The first oddity is the vesting option mentioned in the excerpt. Seems odd that a player would want an option as low as $5.5 M to vest, and that was for his 2nd FA year. That is, that sort of option would normally represent a pretty substantial raise (say $8 M) that there was a real risk the team wouldn't exercise even if the player was still starting so the player gets the vesting option which essentially says "if you're going to start me, you're going to have to pay me like a starter." Basically, the Marlins never had any incentive not to exercise a $5.5 M option if he was still starting, so he seemed to gain nothing from the vesting.

Also if I read that excerpt right, the total value of this new deal is $10 which means the second year gains him just $4.5.

But I might be over-pricing him. Guys like this have certainly taken a hit the last couple of years. Rojas is a bit better than Freddy Galvis but Galvis got only $4 M in 2019 and just $1.5 M in 2021. Jose Iglesias** is pretty similar and he got just 2/$6. Maybe it's the Marlins getting ripped off here.

** Wow ... DRS says Iglesias was -19 runs defensively for the Angels in 2/3 of a season and -2 in a few innings for the Red Sox ... but statcast puts him at +1 for the season. Something like that makes all the difference in the world in evaluating players in the "poor starter to solid bench" category, putting Iglesias somewhere in the range of "well below replacement" to "league average."

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