Phillies have made 5-year offer to J.T. Realmuto, per report

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The Philadelphia Phillies have extended a contract offer to two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, per a new report.

According to MLB Insider Jayson Stark, the Phillies have extended a five-year contract offer to the free-agent catcher, with the total value "slightly north of $100 million."

It's unclear where Realmuto's camp stands on such an offer. In December, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported that "Realmuto had been seeking a contract in excess of $200 million" at one stage. Clearly, he's not going to get that type of deal, though his camp may want to push towards the five-year/$125 million deal that Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors projected he would get at the outset of the offseason.

Unfortunately for Realmuto's camp, the New York Mets, who many expected to be the Phillies top contender this winter, opted to instead sign James McCann to a four-year deal in December. No other aggressive suitor has emerged, though MLB.com's Jon Morosi did report Friday that the Toronto Blue Jays, after losing out on DJ LeMahieu, "remain in contact" with Realmuto, George Springer and Trevor Bauer.

Realmuto, who will turn 30 before the start of the 2021 season, has slashed .273/.333/.592 with 36 home runs and 115 RBIs in 192 games with the Phillies over the last two seasons. The Phillies acquired Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in a February 2019 trade in which the Phillies sent back a package headlined by their former No. 1 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez.

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