June 13, 2024

Dodgers Award Catcher Will Smith Record-Breaking Contract as Team’s Total Spending on Key Players Surges to $1.4 Billion

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$1.4 billion invested by LA in five crucial players

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Will Smith finalized a $140 million, 10-year contract. This brings the team’s total spending on five key players to nearly $1.4 billion since December. The new deal replaces an earlier agreement for $8.85 million over one year that was reached in January.

During the previous week, Smith had a strong performance in a two-game series against San Diego in Seoul, South Korea, going 5 for 10 with two RBIs. Last year, Smith made his first appearance as an All-Star and finished the season with a .261 batting average, 19 home runs, and 76 RBIs.

Smith has been with the Dodgers for six seasons, boasting a .263 career batting average along with 91 home runs and 308 RBIs. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2025 season if not for this new long-term contract.

The Dodgers have now locked in significant commitments to star players like Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, Teoscar Hernandez, and Smith, with a total investment of $1,365,687,500 across these five players.

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