We continue to learn more about the Philadelphia Phillies pursuit of two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, who is a free agent after spending the last two seasons with the team.
Last Friday, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reported that the Phillies had extended an offer of five years and “slightly north” of $100 million to Realmuto.
Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network added more specifics, saying that the offer on the table is worth “about $110 million.”
It’s not clear how Realmuto’s camp – once believed to be seeking almost double that in total value – feels about such an offer. Frankly, though, they don’t appear to have a ton of remaining leverage.
The Toronto Blue Jays had been seen by many as the biggest remaining competition for Realmuto, but they landed former World Series MVP George Springer on a six-year/$150 million deal completed Tuesday evening. Could another team – say, the division-rival Washington Nationals – that’s laid low for much of the offseason change course and aggressively pursue Realmuto now? Maybe, though there’s no indication currently that will happen.
Short of taking a one-year deal and trying things again next winter – when he’ll be a year older and there could be a work stoppage – it’s unclear what option Realmuto will have that’s better than what the Phillies are currently placing in front of him.
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