Dodgers ink Muncy to 1-year, $13.5M extension with 2024 option

Posted: 22/08/2022 in MLB
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are keeping Max Muncy in the fold as they signed the two-time All-Star infielder to a one-year, $13.5-million contract extension Monday.

The deal also contains a club option for 2024 worth $10 million. Muncy can increase the option to $14 million through incentive clauses based on plate appearances, according to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press.

“This place means everything to me and my family. There’s not anywhere else that I’d rather play,” he told reporters, according to Sarah Wexler of MLB.com. “A chance to come back for another year was a no-brainer. I hope that there’s more after that, but I try not to look too far ahead.”

Muncy was in the final guaranteed season of a three-year, $26-million contract. The Dodgers held a $13-million club option as part of his old deal, which the club essentially picked up once he agreed to the extension.

The 31-year-old is experiencing a bit of a down campaign, sporting a .711 OPS with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in 2022. However, he’s looked more like his old self in the season’s second half, hitting .255/.343/.553 with seven homers, 14 extra-base hits, and 17 RBIs in 26 games since the All-Star break.

Muncy joined Los Angeles on a minor-league deal in 2017 following two underwhelming campaigns in Oakland. He’s been a critical component of the recent successful Dodgers clubs, hitting 134 homers with a .859 OPS since 2018 while bouncing between three infield positions defensively.

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