New 10-Year, $140 Million Deal Extends Will Smith’s Future with Los Angeles Dodgers

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 worth $140 million with catcher Will Smith. According to reports, around $45 million of this amount will be deferred, and the contract 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. 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.

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 offseason has been busy for the Dodgers as they have been actively signing top free agents, with commitments totaling more than $1 billion in future salary. Players like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have also joined the team, solidifying their roster for upcoming seasons.

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