Dodgers Catcher Will Smith signs 10-year Extension

 

March 28, 2024

George Laase (FSG)

Will Smith of the Dodgers signed a 10 year contract with the team this week

The Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Will Smith agree to a 10-year contract extension for $140 million through the 2033 season.

Smith, 28, played in two games during the Seoul Series in Korea, recording five hits in 10 at-bats with two RBI to open the 2024 season. The All-Star catcher had a banner season in 2023, recording a .261 batting average with 19 homers and 76 RBI while playing in 126 games. Among all Major League catchers, he finished fourth in batting average, third in runs (80), fifth in homers, tied for sixth in extra-base hits (42), seventh in total bases (203), fourth in RBI and third in slugging percentage (.458). He received his first All-Star game nod and served as the backup in Seattle after recording an .890 OPS with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 66 first half contests.

The Louisville native is in his sixth season with the Dodgers and has amassed 91 homers and 308 RBI in 486 games. The 2022 All-MLB Second Team catcher has a lifetime .263 batting average with an .842 OPS as the primary catcher of the boys in blue. Since being called up on May 28, 2019, he is among the Major League catching leaders in OPS (1st), homers (2nd), hits (436, 4th), runs (272, 2nd), extra-base hits (182, 3rd), total bases (807, 3rd) and RBI (2nd).

Smith was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2016 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville.

 

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