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

Los Angeles Dodgers Award Will Smith 10-Year Contract Extension for MLB’s Third-Largest Catcher Deal in History

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

Smith, who turns 29 on Thursday, was previously set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new contract extends his timeline by 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, he 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, exceeding $1 billion in future salary for free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. With this move, they have solidified their position as one of the most dominant teams in baseball today.

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