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Dodgers Sign Will Smith to Historic 10-Year Contract Extension

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
Dodgers Sign Will Smith to 10-Year, $140 Million Contract Extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed catcher Will Smith to a 10-year contract extension worth $140 million. The deal includes a $30 million signing bonus and nearly $45 million of the total amount will be deferred. This agreement marks the third-largest contract ever given to a catcher in MLB history, surpassed only by Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Turning 29 on Thursday, Smith was previously set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new contract extends his timeline with the team for almost a decade. Known for his impressive hitting skills, Smith has been an All-Star once and has compiled impressive numbers since his MLB debut in 2019. Selected as the No. 32 overall pick out of the University of Louisville in 2016, Smith has excelled with a .263/.358/.484 batting line and an average of 30 home runs per 162 games played.

On the defensive side, Statcast evaluations for 2023 rated Smith as above-average in blocking pitches in the dirt and his “pop time” on throws to second base, but below average in pitch-framing. Notably, the Dodgers’ system boasts top catching prospects Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, ranked as No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, by CBS Sports.

The Dodgers have made significant financial commitments this offseason, including Ohtani and Yamamoto’s contracts worth over $1 billion in future salary for free agents.

By Samantha Jones

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