Phillies Potential Catcher Replacements if Realmuto Leaves

This winter, the biggest concern in the City of Brotherly Love is Phillies potential catcher replacements, should JT Realmuto leave the team for free agency.

This offseason is crucial for the Philadelphia Phillies, as All-Star catcher, J.T. Realmuto may leave to pursue a big-money contract in free agency. The Phillies are still a big market for Realmuto, as he has stated that he would like to continue his tenure in Philadelphia, however, it really depends on the amount of money the Phillies are willing to give to the catcher.

It is important for them to have backup options in the event that Realmuto does sign with a different team. This offseason isn’t offering a very deep selection of free-agent catchers, so it’s very important for the Phillies to have a backup plan in the event that Realmuto does depart from the City of Brotherly Love.

Phillies Potential Catcher Replacements

Could the Phillies Be In On Gary Sanchez?

This may be quite the gamble for the Phillies. Going after Gary Sanchez could be a high-risk, high reward for the Phillies. The New York Yankees stated that they will be listening for offers for Sanchez, so looking at him may not be such a bad idea. Sanchez has an ideal power bat that we don’t see a lot of in modern MLB catchers. He already has a total of 115 home runs through five full seasons of playing in the Bronx.

In an article written by, Ryan Garcia, called, The Yankees Shouldn’t Give Up On Gary Sanchez, Ryan states, “From 2017-2019 there are very few catchers who have been better than Gary Sanchez. You can complain about him all you want, but you quite literally are complaining about someone who’s top-10 in nearly every offensive and total value statistic at the catcher position”

There is some risk when going for Sanchez, the first being that we don’t know what the Yankees asking price is for the young catcher. The Phillies cannot afford to give up so much for one player, as they are still looking for their identity.

Secondly, Sanchez’s biggest issue is strikeouts; since entering the league Sanchez has already accumulated 461 strikeouts. That is an insane amount for someone who is entering their sixth full season, however, I think the Phillies should listen in for Sanchez. I believe coming to Philadelphia could actually help his career.

If Sanchez is moved to Philly, he would then be reunited with former Yankees manager Joe Girardi. While Girardi was in New York, Sanchez was experiencing the best numbers of his career. Due to the fact that Girardi was a former MLB catcher, he could have the chance to help Sanchez with his mistakes and make him a better player. Getting Sanchez may be a long shot, however, if the Phillies can acquire him relatively cheap, then it could be a huge steal for Philadelphia.

James McCann Could Help Improve the Phillies

James McCann, a 31-year-old catcher for the White Sox may be another good answer for the Phillies as a backup plan. McCann was an All-Star in 2019 and put up some good numbers in that season.

In 2019 he batted .273 with an on-base percentage of .328 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI’s. This past season he played pretty well, batting .289 with seven home runs, 15 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .360. Solid numbers for a young catcher, obviously those aren’t the numbers of a J.T. Realmuto caliber backstop, but it is a solid bat that can help your lineup and can help defensively. Additionally, he wouldn’t be given a huge contract so the Phillies could acquire him fairly cheap.

He would fit in nicely with a young lineup with the Phillies. Considering the White Sox spent big money on All-Star catcher, Yasmani Grandal last year and have AL MVP Jose Abreu at first base, there may not be a spot in the lineup for McCann unless he was coming straight off the bench.

Yadier Molina

This would be a short term option for the Phillies if they wanted to use Molina. The 38-year-old catcher is still an outstanding defender, becoming a fan favorite across MLB. The catcher has spent the past 17 years behind the plate for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has had a decline in offensive production due to aging, however, he has played outstanding defensively.

I would say a big reason the Phillies would go after Molina is if they didn’t want to spend big money on a catcher this offseason. He would be a cheap one year option that the Phillies could utilize if they needed to. This would only be a temporary option for the Phillies due to how old Molina is, but he will still bring a pretty good bat and great defense.

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