Scott Lauber: Phillies’ focus narrowing to J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes, building better bullpen

PHILADELPHIA — So, where were we? Baseball’s hot stove tends to simmer between Christmas and New Year’s, and save for the freewheeling, big-dealing San Diego Padres, this holiday season followed the typical pattern. But the free-agent market moved like molasses before the break, leaving roughly 250 free agents, including J.T. Realmuto, looking for work. Teams aren’t rushing to sign them, either. Not with COVID-19 still raging, uncertainty over when the vaccines will be widely accessible, and Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association bracing for another rumble over money that could pus…

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