The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a three-year, $26 million extension with Max Muncy. The deal also includes a $13 million option or a $1.5 million buyout on the fourth year of the deal.
Muncy’s extension was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic but has since been announced by the team.
This is a phenomenal deal for the Dodgers. Muncy has posted a very productive .970 OPS in his two seasons in Los Angeles, and he has been a big-time power threat at the plate, hitting 35 home runs each of the past two seasons.
One thing that Muncy does need to improve upon is his strikeouts. His strikeout rate did slightly improve in his All-Star campaign last season from his first season in Los Angeles, but he still struck out 25.3 percent of the time he was at the plate last season. That’s just a number that has to get better.
Other than strikeouts though, Muncy does a lot well at the plate. As mentioned, he hits for power, but he also does a good job of spraying the ball around the field, especially when he puts the ball in the air, for major league baseball standards in 2020. That allowed him to hit .276 with runners in scoring position last season, and that’s a number that can continue to go up if he cuts down strikeouts.
Muncy also brought positive value defensively last season at his three positions of first, second and third base. He was slightly better at second base than he was at first base, which was the two positions he spent almost even time at, but overall he was positive at both spots.
Overall this is a great deal for the Dodgers. Max Muncy does a lot of things well on a baseball field both offensively and defensively, and the fact that the Dodgers were able to sign him for the rest of his arbitration years, and have a club option that would take up his first year of free agency at very reasonable numbers, is a testament to this front office continuing to do a good job.
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