The Los Angeles Dodgers Sign 10-Year Contract Extension with Catcher Will Smith Worth $140 Million, Extending His Stay for Almost a Decade.

By Eleanor Harrison Mar28,2024
Dodgers sign All-Star catcher Will Smith to a 10-year, $140 million contract extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed a 10-year contract extension with catcher Will Smith, worth $140 million, announced by the team on Wednesday. The contract includes a $30 million signing bonus and around $45 million of the amount will be deferred. This makes it the third largest contract in MLB history ever given to a catcher, surpassed only by Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Smith, who is about to turn 29, was initially going to be a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new contract extends his stay with the Dodgers for almost a decade. Smith is a one-time All-Star and is considered one of the best-hitting catchers in the league. He was drafted as the No. 32 overall pick in 2016 and quickly emerged as a top prospect before making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2019. Since then, he has maintained an impressive batting average and has shown power at the plate.

In terms of defense, Smith has been graded above-average in some areas like blocking pitches in the dirt and throwing to second base, but below average in pitch-framing. The Dodgers’ farm system also boasts top catcher prospects, Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, indicating a bright future for their catching position.

The offseason has been busy for the Dodgers as they have actively signed top free agents such as Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, bringing their total commitments to more than $1 billion in future salary. With these signings, they solidify their roster for upcoming seasons

By Eleanor Harrison

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