The Los Angeles Dodgers Secure 10-Year Contract Extension with Catcher Will Smith, Worth $140 Million and Third Largest in MLB History for a Catcher

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. The deal 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 set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new contract extends his stay with the Dodgers for almost a decade. Smith is considered one of the best-hitting catchers in the league and has maintained an impressive batting average since making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2019.

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 catching prospects, Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, indicating a bright future for their catching position.

The Dodgers have been active this offseason, signing top free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. These commitments total more than $1 billion in future salary, solidifying their roster for upcoming seasons. With this new contract extension, Smith becomes an even more valuable asset to the team as they continue to compete for championships in the NL West division.

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