Max Muncy (Los Angeles Dodgers) has signed a contract extension.
“The Dodgers wasted no time getting the offseason started,” MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported on Wednesday (ET), “agreeing to a two-year, $24 million extension with third baseman Muncy the day after the World Series ended. The deal also includes a $10 million club option for 2026.”
Muncy was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fifth round (169th overall) of the 2012 draft and made his major league debut in the 2015 season. He was traded to the Dodgers in 2017 and spent time in the minor leagues before earning a regular role in the 2018 season.
Muncy hit 35 home runs in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019, and 12 in 2020, which was a shortened season due to COVID-19. He followed that up with 36 homers in 2021 and 21 in 2022. His 36 homers this season marks his sixth straight season with a double-digit home run arch.
“Muncy has made it clear on multiple occasions that he wants to continue playing for the Dodgers, even if it means he gets paid less than he would on the open market,” said MLB.com, “Barring a trade, he’ll be batting in the Dodgers’ center field for at least two more seasons.”
Muncy had a career year in 2022, batting .196 with 21 homers, 69 RBIs and a .713 OPS. This season, however, he batted .212 with 36 home runs, 105 RBIs, and an OPS of .808, tying the single-season record for most home runs and most RBIs.
Muncy joined Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Freddie Freeman in driving in 100 runs in a single season. It was the first time in Dodgers franchise history that four players had 100 RBI in a single season.
For his performance, Muncy signed an extension with the Dodgers that will pay him $12 million in 2024 and 2025. 보스토토 도메인
Meanwhile, Martinez, Jason Heyward, David Peralta, Kike Hernandez, Ahmed Rosario, Colton Wong, and Jake Marisnick are among the Dodgers who are eligible for free agency. Ryan Braazer, Daniel Hudson, Joe Kelly, Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn, and Shelby Miller are also eligible for free agency or have team options.
According to MLB.com, “It will be a busy offseason for the Dodgers. They’re trying to forget about two straight seasons of disappointing postseason failures, and they’re starting all over again by signing Muncy.”