Marlins trade Miguel Rojas to Dodgers for prospect

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MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Miguel Rojas from the Miami Marlins in exchange for infield prospect Jacob Amaya.

The teams announced the trade.

The Dodgers needed a shortstop after Trea Turner – their starter at that position for all but two games last season – left in free agency and signed an 11-year, $300 million contract with the NL champion Philadelphia Phillies.

And that hole, evidently, will be filled by Rojas. He has a $5 million salary in the final season of a two-year, $10 million contract, then can become a free agent.

Rojas was the longest-tenured member of the Marlins, having been with the club since 2015. He appeared in 870 games with Miami over the last eight seasons, 339 more than anyone else – Brian Anderson played in 531 for the Marlins over that span.

He was the leader in the clubhouse for almost his entire tenure in Miami. Don Mattingly, who managed the Marlins for the last seven years of Rojas’ time in Miami, raved about what Rojas meant to the club and even let him manage in an honorary role for season finales in 2019 and 2021.

Rojas batted only .236 last year, his lowest since hitting .181 in 85 appearances with the Dodgers in 2014, but his glove was still superb. He made seven errors in 531 chances at shortstop last season and was an NL Gold Glove finalist – in a year where he was the second-oldest everyday shortstop in the majors behind Elvis Andrus, who split his time between Oakland and the Chicago White Sox.

Andrus turned 34 in August. Rojas turns 34 next month.

The trade happened hours after the Marlins introduced Jean Segura at their ballpark, with general manager Kim Ng saying the team expects Segura – who has been a middle infielder for almost the entirety of his 11-year career – to play third base. But with Rojas gone, it’s possible Segura may see some time at shortstop for Miami.

Rojas has been to the playoffs twice. He got into one game with the Dodgers in their loss to St. Louis in the 2014 NL Division Series, then helped the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs in the 2020 NL wild-card series before falling to Atlanta in the division series.

Amaya, 24, was an 11th-round pick by the Dodgers in 2017. He’s spent the last five seasons in their minor league system, batting .256 in 463 games and getting to Triple-A for the first time last year.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.