On Monday, the Dodgers announced that they have agreed to terms with infielder Max Muncy on a one-year, $13.5 million contract for 2023, with a club option for 2024 for $10 million plus incentives.
When the Dodgers extended Blake Treinen’s deal in May with an $8 million extension until 2023, they matched the $8 million salary of Muncy’s club option, which means that the guarantee for next season is $8 million. Muncy’s salary arbitration was for three years, therefore he signed a three-year, $26 million contract in February 2020. This is the final year of his contract.
Muncy tore the UCL in his left elbow on the last day of the regular season in 2021. That kept him out of the playoffs last year and has contributed to a terrible start to the current campaign. In the major leagues, Muncy’s.161/.310/.303 slash line through the month of July placed him at the bottom.
Considering the organization’s willingness to stick with Muncy despite his failures, it’s clear that the possibility of him having his option declined was extremely remote. From the beginning of the season through the end of July, he appeared in 88 games, starting 78 of them. He missed 13 games due to elbow inflammation.
Muncy’s return to form this August has been just rewarding for the faithful. To put it bluntly, he’s swinging. .328/.409/.776 in 16 games this month with as many home runs (seven) as he had in the first four months of the season (9).
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Muncy has improved to a.190/.326/.386 slash line this season, which, in this year’s run-scoring environment, is good for a 105 wRC+, which is above average. That’s a jump from the 82 wRC+ I got three weeks ago. Since joining the Dodgers in April of 2018, he has hit 134 home runs, enough for 11th in the majors.
On Sunday, Muncy will be 32, and he is one of six Dodgers signed until 2023. The others are Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Chris Taylor, Austin Barnes, and Blake Treinen. In addition to Justin Turner and Daniel Hudson, the club has options on Hanser Alberto, Danny Duffy, and Jimmy Nelson for the upcoming year.
With an additional year at an average of $13 million, the Dodgers and Muncy settled on a three-year, $26 million deal extension. The 2020 season won’t begin until 2021 because of the COVID-19 epidemic that hit North America in 2020.
Muncy started 58 of the Dodgers’ 60 games, hitting.192/.331/.389 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs. Muncy hit a grand slam against Grant Dayton in Game 3 of the 2020 NL Championship Series, capping off a first-inning offensive explosion that resulted in 11 runs being scored.
The Dodgers eventually tied the record in that game by hitting five home runs. It was their third straight trip to the World Series, and they did it by winning the National League Championship Series in seven games despite losing by a combined 15 runs to the Atlanta Braves. He had a.318 batting average, one home run, and six RBIs in the 2020 World Series, which the Dodgers won.
When facing San Francisco Giants pitcher Zack Littell, Muncy blasted his 100th career home run. Back in July, he got the call that he would be the Dodgers’ representative at the All-Star Game.
Muncy’s final 2021 season stats were.249/.368/.527 (36 HR/94 RBI). Muncy was injured in the final game of the regular season when Jace Peterson of the Milwaukee Brewers collided with his arm as he fielded a ball at first base, causing Muncy to dislocate his elbow and miss the postseason.
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