Phillies and J.T. Realmuto agree to 5-year, $115.5 million deal

PHILADELPHIA — The months-long saga of J.T. Realmuto’s free agency came to a close on Tuesday with baseball’s best catcher deciding to stay in Philadelphia. Realmuto, a source confirmed, agreed to a five-year contract with the Phillies worth $115.5 million. The deal, which was first reported by Miami broadcaster Craig Mish, is pending a physical. Realmuto’s contract gives him the highest average annual value ($23.1 million per season) for a catcher in baseball history. It was his goal this winter to land a deal that raised the market for future catchers. He achieved that. In two seasons with t…

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