Will Smith Signs 10-Year, $140 Million Extension with Los Angeles Dodgers, Becoming the Third Largest Contract for a Catcher in MLB History

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

The Los Angeles Dodgers have extended the contract of catcher Will Smith by 10 years, worth $140 million. Around $45 million of this amount will be deferred, and the deal also includes a $30 million signing bonus. 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 going to be a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new contract extends his stay with the Dodgers for almost a decade. Smith is a one-time All-Star and is considered one of the best-hitting catchers in the league. Drafted as the No. 32 overall pick in 2016, Smith quickly emerged as a top prospect and made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2019. Since then, he has maintained an impressive batting average and has 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.

This offseason, the Dodgers have been actively signing top free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, with commitments totaling over $1 billion in future salary. These signings solidify their roster for upcoming seasons as they continue to compete for World Series titles.

Overall, this extension highlights the team’s commitment to keeping one of their top young talents under contract for several more years while also giving them more flexibility with their roster moving forward.

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