The Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Will Smith have agreed to a 10-year, $140 million contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal includes a $30 million bonus and nearly $45 million of the total will be deferred. This contract marks the third-largest ever given to a catcher in MLB history, surpassed only by Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Smith turned 29 on Thursday and was previously set to become a free agent after the 2025 season, but this new deal extends his timeline by nearly a decade. Known as one of the best catchers in baseball, Smith has put up impressive numbers since his MLB debut in 2019, including being a one-time All-Star. Drafted 32nd overall out of the University of Louisville in 2016, Smith excelled with a batting line of .263/.358/.484 and averaged 30 home runs in 162 games played.

Defensively, Statcast’s 2023 evaluations rated Smith above average in ground blocking and his “time stroke” on throws to second base, but below average in pitch framing. Notably, the Dodgers’ system boasts top catching prospects Dalton Rushing and Tyrone Liranz, who CBS Sports ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively.

The Dodgers made significant financial commitments this offseason by exceeding the $1 billion future salary cap for free agents like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. With this move, they have solidified their roster for years to come while continuing to develop their young talent.

By Samantha Johnson

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