Weighing J.T. Realmuto's free-agent value against the aging curve of catchers

PHILADELPHIA — Strip away all the data — traditional, analytical, and everything in between — and one number stands as the best barometer of J.T. Realmuto’s value in free agency.525.That’s how many games Realmuto, late of the Phillies, has started behind the plate since the outset of 2016, fewer than only St. Louis Cardinals icon Yadier Molina (545). Realmuto has caught 4,590 innings in that span, also second to Molina (4,638 1/3). If not for a late-season hip injury that sidelined him for 11 games, Realmuto likely would lead that category.“Part of his value is the volume of games he can play …

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