Out of all the 2021 MLB free agents, J.T Realmuto remains unsigned after a rumored multi-million dollar offer by the Phillies. Realmuto became a free agent after the 2020 season when his contract expired. He declined the Phillies offer in October and decided to test out free agency.
2021 MLB Free Agents: Realmuto’s Effect on the Phillies
Realmuto was dominant on both sides of the ball in his two years in Philadelphia. Offensively in 2019, Realmuto batted .275, had 148 hits, and 83 RBI’s. Defensively, Realmuto is one of the best catchers in MLB. During the 2019 season, Realmuto led the NL in caught stealing percentage. He also won the Silver Slugger award during the 2019 season.
J.T Realmuto Rumored Offer
This week it was rumored that the Phillies made an offer to Realmuto, but the rumor was proved wrong by John Clark at NBC Sports Philadelphia. The report did say that the Phillies are very much interested in signing Realmuto. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said ” Dave Dombrowski said the lines of communication had been open with Realmuto’s agent, Jeff Berry”.
2021 MLB Free Agents JT Realmuto Possible destinations
There are multiple destinations that Realmuto could be getting offers from. One of the teams that are interested in J.T Realmuto is their NL East rival, the New York Mets. J.T Realmuto would be the perfect star piece to help the Mets Rebuild especially if they steal him from a division rival.
Another possible option for J.T Realmuto is the New York Yankees. The Yankees are always in the mix for any 2021 MLB free agents. Not only do the Yankees have the money to offer J.T Realmuto a huge contract, but Realmuto would be a huge help to the Yankees on both sides of the ball. Realmuto’s bat would add to a lineup that already has in Aaron Judge, Hicks, and Stanton.
Also, the Phillies not making an offer to Realmuto now is not saying that they are not interested in him. The Phillies may be waiting to see what the other teams that are interested in Realmuto offer him and try and compete with that offer. This is going to be hard with limited cap space and the losses that they took during the shortened 2020 season, but all 30 MLB teams are facing those losses.
The contract situation will be interesting to watch going forward as Realmuto is one of the most coveted free agents on the market this year. Many other teams are interested in paying him. The Phillies will offer Realmuto but the question is when they will make the offer and will they be the first team to make an offer to Realmuto.
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