This afternoon, some MLB breaking news occurred when the Philadelphia Phillies signed Catcher J.T Realmuto to a five-year 115.5 million dollar deal. The Phillies have been in talks with Realmuto since the end of last season when Realmuto became a free agent.
Realmuto has spent the past two seasons with the Phillies and has been a huge contributor for the team on both sides of the ball. Realmuto hit 36 home runs over 192 games in his two full seasons with the Phillies. During this time, he had a .278 batting average over his career.
Realmuto has had a huge effect defensively as well. Realmuto has been one of the best catchers in baseball. He is a two-time All-Star and he won the Gold Glove Award in 2019 for his defensive efforts in his first season with the Phillies.
MLB Breaking News: The Contract
This contract has an average annual value of 23.1 Million dollars and is the largest contract for a catcher in Major League Baseball history. Realmuto’s contract negotiations have been going on and off for the better part of two years.
Pros and Cons of the Signing
Even though heading into the offseason there was a lot of skepticism on whether or not the Phillies would sign Realmuto, his return was one of the biggest questions with the Phillies heading into the offseason. Realmuto is regarded as one of the best defensive players in baseball and is one of the most beloved players in the city of Philadelphia.
Overall this MLB breaking news is huge for the Phillies. Realmuto has been one of the bright spots in the Phillies lineup and securing him along with Bryce Harper for the next five years is going to help really help the Phillies in the years to come.
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