Bob Brookover: Phillies can afford to keep J.T. Realmuto, but they can afford to lose him, too
Bob Brookover: Phillies can afford to keep J.T. Realmuto, but they can afford to lose him, too

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies can afford to sign J.T. Realmuto. They can afford not to sign him, too.Let’s start the discussion about those two true facts by acknowledging that Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball. In his two seasons with the Phillies, he hit .273 with 42 doubles, 36 home runs and 115 RBIs in 192 games. His FanGraphs WAR during that time is a major league-best 7.4 among catchers. That number is also the best among all Phillies players and tied for 14th with Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman in all of baseball.Realmuto, who will play next season at age 30, is ranked so high because h…

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