Catcher JT Realmoto The Philadelphia Phillies are agreed to a five-year contract worth $ 115.5 million, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Bassan.
The average annual value of $ 23.1 million in Realmuto’s deal is the highest of any player in Major League Baseball history. Realmuto is also the third masker in MLB history to sign a contract worth over $ 100 million, joining Joe Mauer (eight-year, $ 184 million extension with Minnesota Twins in 2010) and Buster Bossi (Nine-year, $ 167 million extension with the San Francisco Giants in 2013). Mawer held the record for highest average annual value, at $ 23 million with his deal in 2010.
Realmuto is the first player to sign a contract worth over $ 100 million at a free agency.
Realmuto, 29, remains one of the biggest corporate hunters out there, hitting .266 with 11 homers and 32 RBI with Phillies during the shortened 2020 season of the pandemic. He didn’t accept a qualifying offer of $ 18.9 million for one year, and instead sought a long-term deal in the free agent market.
Since 2018, Realmuto tops all of the MLB hunters in the war (10.1), RBIs (189), stolen bases (16) and is second in percentage slow (.489) and OPS (.825). The 57th place he played during that time is third among MLB hunters.
Defensively, he has saved 11 runs over the past two seasons, placing him in fourth place among hunters who have played more than 1,000 rounds.
Realmuto scored .275 with 25 homeowners and 83 RBI while claiming his second consecutive All-Star Pick in 2019, leading the National League with 43 runners in his first season in Philadelphia. Acquired in February 2019 in a deal that sent a mask Jorge Alvaro, Two potential clients and an international signature bonus raise funds to rebuild the Miami Marlins.
Realmuto lost its arbitration case with Phillies prior to last season and received a raise from $ 6.05M to $ 10M; He asked for $ 12.4 million. He said he does not feel any dissatisfaction with the loss.
He said, “I love this organization.” “They have been amazing to me and my family since it appeared. From top to bottom, they are good people who care about baseball. That’s important to me.”
Realmuto, a career .278 batsman, was the first all-star superstar in its fourth season in 2018 when it hit 0.27 and achieved career highs with 21 homers, 74 RBIs and an OPS of .825.
The news of Realmuto’s deal was first reported by MLB reporter Craig Mish.
ESPN statistics and information contributed to this report.
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