Marlins sign 2021 WS MVP Jorge Soler to three-year deal
One of the heroes of last year’s World Series champions has found a new home.
Jorge Soler has agreed to a three-year contract with the Marlins, as first reported by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman indicates that the agreement is $36 million and contains potential opt-out options after each of the first two seasons.
Soler earned himself such a big payday after a huge performance in last year’s playoffs and especially the World Series. He had several key moments for the Braves in their title chase, including a massive three-run homer in Game 6 that led to the series-clinching victory.
With Miami, he thinks he’ll place near the top of the command and provide powerful pop to a roster that ranked second-to-last in slugging percentage last season. The Marlins also ranked 28th in home runs and 29th in OPS, two areas Soler will also help.
Soler started last season with the Royals, but played far less effectively than he would later with the Braves. He hit just .192/.288/.370 with 13 home runs in 94 games with Kansas City, which traded him to Atlanta at the deadline.
The change of scenery was huge, as he hit .269/.358/.524 with 14 home runs in 55 games to end the regular season. He then hit .242 with three homers in the playoffs, with each of his big flies coming in the World Series.
Soler’s best season came in 2019, when he led the majors with 48 home runs for the Royals. He hit 80 home runs in more than four seasons with Kansas City, following three years with the Cubs in which he dove 27 times.