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J.T. Realmuto could seek deal ‘in the $200 million range’


J.T. Realmuto is set to become a free agent this offseason. (Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto could be looking for an even larger deal in free agency than initially thought.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported on Saturday that the catcher will potentially be seeking the biggest contract in history for a player who plays the position.

“Realmuto is eyeing a record-shattering contract for a catcher, perhaps in the $200 million range,” Zolecki wrote.

The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent this offseason after spending the past two seasons with the Phillies. Since the team acquired him in a trade with the Miami Marlins in spring of last year, he’s slashed .273/.333/.492 with elite defense behind the plate.

If Realmuto ends up getting $200 million in free agency, he would be the first catcher to do so. The largest deal for a catcher in major-league history up to this point is Joe Mauer’s eight-year, $184 million extension with the Minnesota Twins that he signed in 2010. The largest current deal for a catcher is Buster Posey’s eight-year, $167 million extension signed in 2013.

A deal in the $200 million dollar range would be the second-largest on the team if Realmuto returns to the Phillies behind Bryce Harper’s $330 million contract that he signed before the 2019 season. It would also make him a staple of the Phillies’ core of players such as Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, all of whom are all in their prime years.

Of course, the catcher should have plenty of suitors in free agency outside of Philadelphia as well. After would-be free agent Mookie Betts signed an extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year, Realmuto will stand as one of the top free agents in the market with interest from multiple teams across the league.

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3 Comments

  1. Hawkeye

    October 12, 2020 at 8:32 am

    JTR is a helluva player but it ain’t going to happen…Not in the COVID era…

  2. Jaron B

    October 12, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t think the PHillies should offer him $200MM. He is worth a lot but not that much. $200MM/6YR=33.3MM AAV which may be doable but he did spend some time on the Day-to-Day IL the last two years. I’d rather give him a shorter deal with an AAV <$30MM. 4-5YR at $27.5MM AAV would be great. he avgs 4.5 WAR/ YR and at $5MM/1.0 WAR, he's worth $23MM/YR. potential is there for him to hit 5 WAR once or twice, especially if the DH remains in the NL or re-appears in the NL in 2022 in the new CBA. we learned a long time ago to be wary of paying guys for past performance.

    if it turns out he walks with 6+ YR or $200MM in value, then i'll feel a bit more comfy about the trade but i think it was a good trade.

  3. Rob in NJ

    October 13, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I want the Tampa Bay Rays organization to move to Philly and be the AL representative of Philadelphia. They know how to run an MLB baseball team. They are proven. Phillies? Just trade Bryce to the Philadelphia Rays as well.

    drop the mic

    log time bleeding philly fan
    I’m not stupid Phillies management. It’s not the players its the management!

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