It took some time to negotiate, but the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly brought back their star catcher, re-signing J.T. Realmuto to a 5 year contract worth $115.5 million. There were rumors about Realmuto going elsewhere in the division at times this offseason, such as the Braves and Mets, but ultimately he returned to the City of Brotherly Love.
Realmuto was acquired by the Phillies back in February of 2019, in exchange for Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro, and Will Stewart. At the time of the trade, Realmuto had 59 home runs and 243 RBIs under his belt in 5 years with Miami. He was an All Star in 2018, his final year with the club.
Upon arriving in Philadelphia, Realmuto quickly established himself as one of the best catchers in baseball, hitting for a .275 average with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs. He won several accolades, such as a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger. He also was named to the All Star Game for the second year in a row, and finished 14th in voting for National League MVP.
If it had not been for the shortened season, it is likely Realmuto would have been an All Star once again in 2020. He is coming off a year where he hit for an average of .266. That number was 2nd among MLB catchers, only behind Christian Vasquez of the Red Sox. He was tied for the league lead among players at his position with 11 home runs with the Royals’ Salvador Perez. He had 32 RBIs on the year as well, the 2nd most among catchers, in which he also tied with Perez.
The numbers on the deal come out to 23.1 million dollars annually, which would easily make him the highest paid catcher in baseball. Realmuto is now locked up through the 2025 season, a year in which he would be 34 years old when the contract expires. With the Phillies getting their main target re signed, they can now try to focus on improving the roster at other positions.
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