Miguel Rojas began 2017 as the Marlins' utility infielder, but injuries to Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado, then the trade of Hechavarria, paved the way for Rojas to set a career high with 306 trips to the dish. It would have been considerably more had he not sprained his thumb while swinging the bat in early May, resulting in an extended DL stint, as he was sidelined until the week after the All-Star break. His .290/.361/.375 translated to a 96 wRC+, just a point below average. However, in fantasy terms, it was empty, as he hit just one homer and chipped in two steals. He'll enter camp in a battle with J.T. Riddle for the primary shortstop role. Considering the run-scoring context on the Marlins will be poor, Rojas is a one-category contributor, even if he wins the job. He'll have marginal value in NL-only leagues, mostly because he should pick up eligibility at other infield positions.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Rojas would receive the chance to compete with J.T. Riddle for the starting shortstop role during spring training, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. "I think we look at Riddle and [Miguel] Rojas both as shortstops," Mattingly said when asked about potential starters. Rojas offers a solid glove at multiple spots across the infield and posted a strong .361 on-base percentage across 306 plate appearances in 2017, but a dearth of power makes him best optimized as a utility man. For that reason, Riddle would seem to have the edge on the everyday gig heading into the spring, though the performance of both shortstops in Grapefruit League play may ultimately dictate Mattingly's decision.
Rojas agreed to a one-year, $1.18 million deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports. This was his first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player. Rojas hit an incredibly empty .290 last season, tallying just one home run, 37 runs, 26 RBI and two steals in 306 plate appearances. He should see plenty of action this season as a shortstop and super utility player on a gutted Marlins roster.
Rojas went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Marlins' 10-2 victory over the Braves on Saturday. Despite a small rotator cuff tear in his shoulder, Rojas continues to make the most of his chances as the Marlins' everyday shortstop. He now has a .354/.420/.532 slash line in the month of September, giving him a strong case to be the primary shortstop next season even when J.T. Riddle (shoulder) is back in the fold.
Rojas is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Rojas will get the day off after starting seven straight games at shortstop, despite hitting an impressive .375/.464/.708 with seven RBI and a 0:4 K:BB through 28 plate appearances over that span. Mike Aviles will start and bat eighth in his place.
Rojas (shoulder) has a small tear in his rotator cuff, but it will not require a surgical procedure, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Rojas has been out of the starting lineup since injuring his shoulder during a game in Milwaukee on Sunday, but he was able to come in off the bench and hit a home run during Wednesday's victory over the Mets. It appears as though he will be playing through the injury for the rest of this season, although it's hard to imagine that Rojas will be making everyday starts with this injury hampering him.