Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Catcher Will Smith’s Contract to 10 Years for $140 Million

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, on Wednesday. This comes after Smith was initially set to be a free agent after the 2025 season. The new deal extends his stay with the Dodgers for almost a decade.

Smith, who is about to turn 29, has emerged as one of the best-hitting catchers in the league and is a one-time All-Star. Drafted as the No. 32 overall pick in 2016, he quickly established himself as a top prospect 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.

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 new contract includes a $30 million signing bonus and around $45 million of it will be deferred, making it the third largest contract in MLB history ever given to a catcher, surpassed only by Joe Mauer and Buster Posey’s extensions in the past. This offseason, the Dodgers have been actively signing top free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto solidifying their roster for upcoming seasons.

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