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According to multiple sources, two-time All-Star catcher JT Realmuto will return to the Philadelphia Phillies on a five-year, $115.5 million deal.
This contract makes perfect sense for all parties, especially considering that Bryce Harper and his $330 million deal won’t go away until 2032.
Over the past three seasons, Realmuto has been arguably the best catcher in the game. So it’s no mystery why teams like the Braves and Mets had him on their Christmas wish list. Ultimately, though, a reunion in Philly made too much sense.
Catchers that hit .275 every year with power, who are also durable and can run aren’t on the market–like, ever.
So it seems Bryce Harper has reason to smile again after deciding to sign in Philly until we’re all old men. In today’s sports climate where every player plays musical chairs from one team to the next, it’s refreshing to see a star player stay put.