The Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Contract with Will Smith for Record-Breaking $140 Million, Ensuring Catcher’s Future with Team

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

The Los Angeles Dodgers have recently announced a 10-year contract extension with catcher Will Smith, worth $140 million. This makes it the third largest contract in MLB history ever given to a catcher, surpassed only by Joe Mauer and Buster Posey. Around $45 million of this amount will be deferred, and an additional $30 million signing bonus has been included in the contract.

Smith, who is about to turn 29, was initially going to become a free agent after the 2025 season but has now agreed to extend his stay with the Dodgers for almost a decade. Smith is considered one of the best-hitting catchers in the league and has been a one-time All-Star. He was drafted as the No. 32 overall pick in 2016 and quickly emerged as a top prospect before making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2019. Since then, he has maintained an impressive batting average and has shown power at the plate.

The Dodgers have also been actively signing top free agents during this offseason, committing more than $1 billion in future salary. Other notable signings include Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, further solidifying their roster for upcoming seasons.

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. However, the Dodgers’ farm system boasts top catcher prospects such as Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, indicating a bright future for their catching position.

Overall, this new deal is a significant investment by the Dodgers in one of their key players and could help them maintain their dominance in baseball for years to come.

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