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Report: Marlins, Miguel Rojas agree to two-year contract extension

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Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins and shortstop Miguel Rojas are working on a contract extension, believed to be for two years plus an option for a third year. [Update: The two sides are in agreement, per Heyman.]

Rojas, 30, is earning $3.155 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility heading into 2020, so the reported extension would cover at least one of his free agency years.

Rojas has been solid for the Marlins, particularly in terms of his defense and versatility, over the last few years. Baseball Reference credits him with 7.2 Wins Above Replacement since 2017, an average of 2.4 per year. This season, Rojas has hit .288/.338/.388 with 27 doubles, five home runs, 45 RBI, 47 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 482 plate appearances.

The Marlins will have some roster maintenance to do beyond keeping Rojas in town. Martín Prado, Sergio Romo, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson will all become free agents while Bryan Holaday will enter his final year of arbitration. Whether the Marlins, which slashed payroll from $115 million to $99 million to $71 million over the last three years, will be active in free agency remains to be seen.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.