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Now, the 27-year-old All-Star outfielder wants the catcher Phillies J.T. Realmuto to get his.
“I think the Phillies organization really loves J.T and our team also really likes it,” Harper told NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jim Salisbury.
“He’s the best catcher in baseball. He’s a great person. He’s a great family man. He’s the guy we need in our club. I think Phillies fans understand that too. We as an organization, we have to understand that he is going to help us in years the coming years and if you want the best catcher in baseball then we will make it happen.
“But at the moment, of course, it’s been closed, but I don’t think anyone is afraid we won’t get JT back. I want him more than anything else, so I mean it’s something we need to realize as an organization. But you know when the time comes, then (GM Matt) Klentak and (managing partner John) Middleton will make that decision and hopefully, he returns to the red Phillies. “
Phillies and Realmuto agreed to pause all contract talks after MLB was announced cancellation of spring training and postponement of the Opening Day on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Klentak confirmed on March 17.
The 2020 Realmuto salary was set by the Phillies for $ 10 million after the club won arbitration case against the 29-year-old All-Star. He asked for $ 12.4 million for a one-year contract.
Realmuto was traded from the Miami Marlins to Philadelphia on February 7, 2019. In his first season with the team, he scored 25 home runs with the highest career and overlay RBI with the most careers in 83 slashes .275 / .328 / .493. Behind the plate, Realmuto leads the league by capturing 47 percent of runners who try to steal.
All-Star won the first Gold Glove and the second Silver Slugger.
Realmuto uses the production as leverage to request top-line deals, per Scott Lauber from Philadelphia Inquirer in mid-March:
“All-Star catchers can become free agents after the season, and their representatives are believed to use the catcher Joe Mauer — a record $ 23 million average annual salary as a basis in extension talks. One source suggests the Realmuto camp is targeting the St. Louis Cardinals, the first baseman for an extension of five Paul Goldschmidt’s year, $ 130 million last year. “
Despite having stellar powers at Harper and Realmuto, Phillies performed poorly in 2019. They missed the postseason for the eighth year in a row at 81-81.
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