By Sam Bush
The Phillies have offered J.T. Realmuto a contract, according to Jon Heyman.
The Mets were thought to be a favorite to sign Realmuto early in the offseason, but opted instead for James McCann, signing him to a four-year contract worth $40.6 million, considerably less than Realmuto is expect to garner.
New Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters that Jeff Berry, Realmuto’s agent, reached out to him on Monday about his client.
“It really was not a negotiation. It was a welcome to the Phillies organization,” Dombrowski said. “I’ve known Jeff Berry for a long time, and I talked to him and he welcomed me aboard and we talked about how my family was and we talked about how his family was and we said we would stay in contact.
“I expressed to him again how much we would love to have J.T. on board, and that’s where it really ended at that point.”
The Phillies seem to make the most sense to sign Realmuto. He played there the last two seasons, and there aren’t many teams looking to spend big now that the Mets are out of the catching market.
The Blue Jays and Nationals have been reported as possible suitors, and the Yankees could get in the mix if they fail to sign DJ LeMahieu.