The Los Angeles Dodgers quickly began their offseason reinforcements. Signing third baseman Max Muncy, 33, to an extension was the first sign.
The Dodgers wasted little time in starting the offseason, MLB.com reported on Wednesday. A day after the World Series ended, they made their first big decision of the winter. They agreed to a two-year, $24 million extension with third baseman Muncy,” MLB.com reported.
Muncy’s contract with the Dodgers runs through 2025 and includes a $10 million club option for 2026. The Dodgers had until July 7 to decide whether to exercise Muncy’s $14 million club option for 2024. With this deal, the Dodgers will pay Muncy $12 million in 2024 and $12 million in 2025.
It’s a deal that both the organization and the player are happy with. As MLB.com notes, “The deal makes the future much clearer for Muncy. Muncy has said several times in the past that he wants to play for the Dodgers, even if it means taking less money than he would have gotten in free agency. Barring a trade, Muncy will be the Dodgers’ center fielder for at least the next two seasons.
Defense is a question mark. According to MLB.com, “Muncy has regressed in third base defense. When he first took over at third base in 2022, he exceeded expectations, and his defense was considered a strength. But this year, he struggled defensively, especially at the end of the season.
The Dodgers ended the season in shock. After winning the National League West with a 100-62 record in the regular season, they were headed directly to the Division Series, where they were swept in three games by the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s their worst fall in two years. Last year, they went 111-51 to win the district and advance to the division series, where they were swept in three games by the San Diego Padres. There were even calls for manager Dave Roberts to be fired after missing the postseason for the second year in a row, but for now, the team is sticking with Roberts for next year. 토토사이트
With the worst record in baseball, it was important to bolster the offense, and the Dodgers began their offseason with the acquisition of slugger Muncy. Muncy has rebounded this year, hitting a career-high 36 home runs. It was his fifth 30-homer season since joining the Dodgers in 2018. The slugger has now hit 180 home runs in his big league career and has 175 with the Dodgers, which ranks sixth on the franchise’s all-time list. Muncy has 105 RBIs this year, giving the Dodgers four 100-RBI hitters for the first time in franchise history. Mookie Betts (107 RBI), J.D. Martinez (103 RBI), and Freddie Freeman (102 RBI) joined Muncy in making history. Muncy is a hitter the Dodgers can’t afford to miss, even for the sake of their immediate offense.
The Dodgers will now look to continue their winter binge in earnest. MLB.com writes, “By locking up Muncy early in the offseason, the Dodgers now have a better idea of what they need for the rest of the winter. The Dodgers will continue to look to bolster their offense and will be heavily involved in the Shohei Ohtani trade. The Dodgers will also look to bolster their outfield and