The Philadelphia Phillies hired JT Realmuto with a 5-year, $ 115.5 million deal, sources say

Sources in ESPN’s Jeff Passon confirmed that catcher JT Realmuto and Philadelphia Films are on a five-year, $ 115.5 million contract.

The 29-year-old Realmuto remains one of the best all-around catchers in the league, shortening the pandemic with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. He did not accept the $ 18.9 million, one-year qualifying offer instead of seeking a long-term deal on the free-agent market.

Since 2018, Realmuto leads all MLB catchers in WAR (10.1), RBI (189) and stolen bases (16) and ranks second in slugging percentage (.489) and OPS (.825). His 57 home runs during that period rank third among MLB catchers.

Defensively, he has made 11 saves over the past two seasons, ranking fourth among catchers who have played more than 1,000 innings.

Realmuto hit .275 with 259 and 83 RBIs in 2019, earning his second All-Star selection in 2019, with 43 runners in the National League in his first season out in Philadelphia. He was acquired in February 2019 in a deal that sent Cater Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and international signing bonus money to rebuild the Miami Marlins.

Realmuto lost its arbitration case with the Phillies before last season and received a raise from $ 6.05 million to $ 10 million; He requested $ 12.4 million. He said that he did not express any displeasure at losing.

“I love this organization,” he said. “Ever since I showed up, they have been very good to me and my family. They are good people from top to bottom and they care about baseball. It’s important to me.”

Realmuto, a career .278 hitter, was the first All-Star in his fourth season in 2018 when he hit .277 and set career highs with 21 homers, 74 RBIs and an OPS of 825.

The deal for Realmuto was first reported by MLB reporter Craig Mish.


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