June 13, 2024

Dodgers Sign 10-Year Deal with Catcher Will Smith: What You Need to Know

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Dodgers sign All-Star catcher Will Smith to a 10-year, $140 million contract extension

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

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

Smith’s defense 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 such as Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, indicating a bright future for their catching position.

This offseason, the Dodgers have been actively signing top free agents, with commitments totaling more than $1 billion in future salary. Players like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have also joined the team, solidifying their roster for upcoming seasons.

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