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Dodgers' Will Smith: No extension talks
Smith told Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic this week that he and his representation have not had any contract extension talks with the Dodgers.
Smith is set to earn $8.55 million in 2024 and will be arbitration eligible once more in 2025 before reaching free agency. It's not clear whether the team intends to eventually engage with Smith regarding a long-term deal, but at the moment it doesn't seem to be a priority. The Dodgers do have Dalton Rushing, Diego Cartaya and Thayron Liranzo in the minors, but Cartaya is coming off a disappointing season and Rushing and Liranzo might not be ready to take over after 2025.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Gets $8.6 million from Dodgers
Smith signed a one-year, $8.6 million deal with the Dodgers on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Smith was in the second year of arbitration eligibility and will earn $3.3 million more than he did in 2023. He posted a career-low .797 OPS across 554 plate appearances last season, though he was still an above-average producer at catcher with 19 homers and 76 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Lifts 19th homer
Smith went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 6-2 win over the Giants.
Smith got the scoring started with his first-inning blast. The catcher has struggled a bit lately, going just 5-for-36 (.139) over his last 10 games, though he's still managed five RBI in that span. For the season, he's posted a .259/.357/.437 slash line with 19 long balls, 76 RBI, 79 runs scored, three stolen bases, 21 doubles and two triples over 125 games.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Heads to bench
Smith will be on the bench Saturday against the Giants.
Smith sits for the second time in three days, with the Dodgers seemingly prioritizing rest in the final week of the regular season. He's one homer shy of his third straight 20-homer campaign but will have to wait until the final game of the season to try for it, unless he appears as a pinch hitter Saturday. Austin Barnes will start behind the plate in Smith's absence, catching for Clayton Kershaw.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Rest day Thursday
Smith is out of the lineup Thursday at Colorado.
Austin Barnes will start behind the plate and bat ninth in the Dodgers' series finale against the Rockies. Smith had caught two straight games while going 1-for-8 with two RBI.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Sitting out early game
Smith is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Colorado.
Smith will presumably catch in the nightcap after Austin Barnes starts behind the plate and bats ninth in the early tilt at Coors Field. Smith is sitting on a .796 OPS with 18 homers and 72 RBI through 122 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Gets Saturday off
Smith will sit Saturday against the Giants, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
The Dodgers have gone with a pattern of two starts for Smith followed by one start for Austin Barnes for most of the last month. If the pattern continues, we'll see Smith start Sunday and then four more times over the final week. The Dodgers are all but locked into the second seed in the National League, however, trailing Atlanta by 4.5 games while leading Milwaukee by 6.5, which could result in additional off days for the team's regulars over the final week.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Gets breather Wednesday
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
This appears to be a routine day of rest for Smith, who started behind the plate in the first two games of the Dodgers' three-game set versus Detroit. Austin Barnes will catch and bat ninth in Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Takes seat Sunday
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Seattle.
Smith will receive Sunday off after Los Angeles clinched the NL West title Saturday. Austin Barnes will work behind the plate and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Gets breather Wednesday
Smith is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
This seems to be a planned day of rest for Smith, who went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a double in the Dodgers' win over San Diego on Tuesday. Austin Barnes will catch and bat ninth Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Lifts three-run homer
Smith went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, a double, a walk and three total runs scored in Tuesday's 11-2 win over the Padres.
Smith had gone 0-for-11 with four walks over his last three games before breaking out of the slump. His fourth-inning blast put the Dodgers firmly in control in the blowout victory. The catcher also snapped a 10-game homer drought with his 18th long ball of the season. He's maintained a .269/.367/.450 slash line with 71 RBI, 74 runs scored and three stolen bases over 115 contests.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Not starting Sunday
Smith is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Kirsten Watson of SportsNet LA reports.
Smith will receive a breather Sunday in Washington after he posted a .619 OPS while starting the previous nine games. Austin Barnes will take over behind the plate and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Three knocks in rout
Smith went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-0 win over the Marlins.
Thursday marked Smith's fifth multi-hit performance in his last nine games. The 28-year-old backstop has posted a .325 batting average in 40 at-bats during this stretch, although 11 of his 13 hits have been singles. In 45 games since the All-Star break, Smith is slashing .266/.318/.395 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored and two steals with a 19.5 percent strikeout rate and a 6.2 percent walk rate across 195 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Swipes bag Tuesday
Smith went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to Miami.
Smith started the game as the Dodgers' DH but shifted to his usual spot behind the plate in the eighth inning as a replacement for Austin Barnes, who exited the contest after getting hit in the head on a backswing. Smith had already contributed a run-scoring single and a stolen base at that point, extending a modest three-game hitting streak. The All-Star catcher has been heating up of late, slashing .333/.375/.467 with a homer, two runs and two RBI over his past seven games.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Gets day off Wednesday
Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
It's a routine day of rest for Smith, who went 4-for-10 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the first two games of the Dodgers' three-game series versus Arizona. Austin Barnes will catch and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Will Smith: Knocks solo shot
Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Smith has had a rather modest August, batting .247 (23-for-93) with four homers and 14 RBI over 24 contests. This was his second straight multi-hit game, and his sixth such effort of the month. The veteran catcher is at a .271/.366/.461 slash line with 17 long balls, 66 RBI, 67 runs scored and two stolen bases over 104 games this season.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-10, 195 lbs
|Birthplace: Louisville, KY
|Bats/Throws: R, R