Just a few days after the Dodgers’ incredible Mooke Betts deal was reported, Los Angeles gets more good news. It is being reported this morning that the Dodgers have locked up Max Muncy for three more years.
Infielder Max Muncy in agreement with #Dodgers on three-year, $26M extension, sources tell The Athletic. Deal also includes a $13.5M option for a fourth year or $1.5M buyout.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2020
For a team that seemingly “doesn’t spend money”, the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman sure have gone wild this offseason. After a few under the radar signings of relievers and minor league talent, we have back-to-back big news.
Muncy’s extension is worth $26 million after earning just $575,000 in 2019. If you remember, Muncy and the Dodgers were set to go to arbitration when the two sides could not agree on a number for the 2020 season. This contract settles that and then some.
Muncy was picked up as a low-risk option before the 2018 season and has exploded onto the scene since then. In two seasons with Los Angeles, he has slashed .256/.381/.545 and hit 70 home runs. He has also become quite the fan-favorite at Chavez Ravine, coming up in huge moments for the Dodgers and embarrassing Madison Bumgarner in the process.
Official Press Release
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with infielder Max Muncy on a three-year contract extension with a club option for 2023, avoiding arbitration.
Muncy, 29, finished his second season with the Dodgers, hitting .251 (122-for-487) with 35 homers and 98 RBI in 142 games and earning his first All-Star Game appearance. Last season, the Texas native set career-highs in runs (101), doubles (22), homers, RBI and walks (90).
In two seasons with the Dodgers, he has slashed .256/.381/.545 with 70 homers, 176 runs and 177 RBI. Since joining the Dodgers, he ranks among the National League leaders in runs (16th), RBI (T-15th), homers (6th), slugging percentage (7th) and OPS (5th, .927). He was originally signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on April 27, 2017.