If you’ve clicked that link, you’re already gearing up for some pretty heartbreaking analysis regarding the eventual destination of former Phillies wide receiver JT Realmuto.
The Phillies have continually told media the team is committed to signing arguably the best support in the league to a contract to stay in the red stripes, and they’re doing better. After all, they paid an arm and a leg (in the form of the Sixto Sanchez pitcher) for him in a trade two years ago and it would be a disaster in this town if he didn’t end up here in the long run.
If the Phillies are serious about fighting in 2021 and improving their World Series odds – which currently stand at +3,000 according to DraftKings, via TheLines.com, retaining Realmuto is likely a key decision this offseason for the team who aren’t really strapped for cash, but don’t seem comfortable going over the luxury tax, giving themselves some sort of salary cap. this autumn.
Realmuto himself has made it clear that if the money is close to the same among his potential suitors, he would rather stay in Philly. The problem is, the other 29 teams in the league know that. And the Phillies’ rivals to the north – the hated Mets – have a new owner looking to make a splash. This could be terrible news for the Phillies.
On MLB.com, three experts – Anthony DiComo (beat Mets writer), Mark Feinsand (MLB insider) and Todd Zolecki (beat Phillies writer) – discussed Realmuto’s potential destination, and they all agreed on his possible new home. Here’s an excerpt from that conversation:
Last question – here is the part where I put you on the spot. Where will Realmuto sign? Go!
Feinsand: Put. Five years, $ 125 million. That’s $ 25 million a year, which would be a new record for a receiver.
DiComo: Put. Look, we don’t have a background with Steve Cohen, so it’s not easy to say with 100% clarity how he’s going to perform. But I sincerely believe the Mets will prioritize position and player, and put their guy in Cohen’s first big splash.
Feinsand: Be careful what you say, Todd. Philly watches.
Zolecki: I will choose the Mets. I think the Phillies still have a chance, but there is so much uncertainty right now with their leadership. It doesn’t seem like they’re in a rush to hire a new CEO or president of baseball operations. Who does the negotiation? But if Realmuto can’t find its market, I can see the Phillies bringing it back. [MLB.com]
What about you, Todd?
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