Dodgers Extend Catcher Will Smith’s Contract for $140 Million in Historic Deal

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

The Los Angeles Dodgers have recently extended the contract of catcher Will Smith for ten more years, worth a staggering $140 million. Out of this amount, around $45 million will be deferred, and an additional $30 million will be given as a 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 set to become a free agent after the 2025 season. However, this new deal means that he will remain with the Dodgers for almost a decade longer. Smith is known for his impressive batting skills and has been named an All-Star once. He has also been considered one of the best-hitting catchers in the league since his debut with the Dodgers in 2019.

In terms of defense, Smith has shown some strengths in areas like blocking pitches in the dirt and throwing to second base but has been below average in pitch-framing. The Dodgers’ farm system is also home to top catching prospects such as Dalton Rushing and Thayron Liranzo, indicating that their catching position is in good hands for the future.

The offseason has been busy for the Dodgers as they have actively signed top free agents, committing over $1 billion in future salary. Players such as Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have also joined their roster, further strengthening their position going into upcoming seasons.

Overall, this extension shows that Smith is highly valued by the Dodgers organization and suggests that he will continue to play an important role on their team moving forward.

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