Heeeeee’s Back! *Tom McCarthy Voice
After months of anticipatedly waiting, the Phillies got their guy. Yesterday, J.T. Realmuto signed on a 5 year contract worth $115.5 million. The deal will make Realmuto the highest paid player at his position, going by average annual value (AAV). The man who many believe to be the best catcher in baseball, or BCIB, will now be in town through the year 2025.
Since the beginning of 2015, only Yadier Molina has caught more games behind the plate than Realmuto. Given the length of the deal, one might question whether he will spend the entirety of contract behind the plate. With that being said, I would never bet against him. Realmuto has the stamina and athleticism that most backstops can only dream of. He runs the bases exceptionally well for a catcher, and his baseball instincts are unmatched.
Realmuto is a career .278 hitter, with 95 home runs in the big leagues. The two time all-star made his debut with Miami back in 2014, and has spent his whole career playing within the NL East. Despite having played 7 years at the highest level, Realmuto has never made the postseason. The Phillies are hoping that will change in 2021.
With Realmuto back in the fold, the front office will look to fill other holes on the roster. Adding a shortstop remains a hot topic, and Didi Gregorius remains unsigned. With a bunch of names coming off the board in recent days, (Galvis,Simmons,Semien), he remains the likely target. The team has also been linked to 2nd baseman Kolten Wong, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr, if they decide to go a different route.
In other news, the team added two arms on minor league deals in right-handers Bryan Mitchell and Ivan Nova. Both guys are familiar with manager Joe Girardi, having pitched with Yankees at the start of their careers. I would expect more minor league deals in the near future with spring training quickly approaching.