The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a $140 million, 10-year contract with catcher Will Smith, bringing their spending on key players since December to nearly $1.4 billion. This new deal replaces a one-year, $8.85 million deal previously reached in January.

At 28, Smith was a first-time All-Star last year and had a strong season with a .261 average, 19 homers and 76 RBI. In six seasons with the Dodgers, he has a .263 average with 91 homers and 308 RBIs. The latest signing brings the total commitment of the Dodgers to $1,365,687,500 for five key players.

This includes two-way star Shohei Ohtani ($700 million over 10 years), right-handers Yoshinobu Yamamoto ($325 million over 12 years) and Tyler Glasnow ($136,562,500 over five years), outfielder Teoscar Hernandez ($23.5 million over a year) and now Will Smith.

Smith started the week strong by going 5-for-10 with two RBIs during a two-game series in Seoul, South Korea against San Diego. With this latest signing, the Dodgers have solidified their position as one of the most formidable teams in baseball today.

By Samantha Johnson

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