Phillies sign J.T. Realmuto to largest deal in MLB history by a catcher

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Phillies have re-signed catcher J.T. Realmuto. He has received the largest deal in MLB history by a catcher.

Realmuto has agreed to a five-year deal with the Phillies. He’ll receive $115.5 million over the lifetime of the deal.

Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto hits a home run against the Miami Marlins
J.T. Realmuto hits a home run against the Miami Marlins (Photo by the Philadelphia Phillies/Instagram)

The 29-year-old will have an average of $23.1 million per season.

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Earlier this month, we reported that the Phillies offered Realmuto a deal worth north of $100 million.

The Atlanta Braves were mentioned in the past few days. However, it was going to be tough to sign Realmuto when the team has Travis d’Arnaud already on their books for the 2021 season.

He has appeared in 192 games during his tenure in Philadelphia. Realmuto appeared in 145 games during his first season with the Phillies.

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Then, he appeared in 47 games during the MLB shortened 60-game schedule.

Realmuto went to the Phillies in a February 7th, 2019 trade. In exchange, the Miami Marlins received Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sánchez, prospect Will Stewart, and international bonus slot money.

Realmuto had a .266 batting average with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in the 47 games. He also had six doubles; while scoring 33 runs, on 46 hits.

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The two-time All-Star has a career .278 batting average with 95 home runs and 358 RBIs in 732 games in seven MLB seasons. He also has 156 doubles and 19 triples, while scoring 380 runs, on 749 hits.

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