The Yankees’ catcher woes is bad news for the Philadelphia Phillies.
At the moment, Philadelphia Phillies catcher JT Realmuto is set to hit the open market as a completely unrestricted free agent. A lot of talk has been made of the Mets or even the Braves potentially making a play at the 2x All-Star catcher, however, another team that could get involved in the mix is that of the New York Yankees.
The Yankees were reportedly heavily interested in Realmuto during last year’s offseason, before the Phillies came over the top with their Sixto Sanchez laced trade package. New York has long been known to spend big during the offseason, and with Realmuto set to command a massive payday on the open market, one can only assume that New York would have the ability to outbid any potential suitors should they so desire.
Their reported interest in Realmuto aside for the moment, the Yankees have also gotten some pretty miserable production out of their own respective starting catcher here in 2020. Gary Sanchez hit just .147 during the regular season, and he’s never been one to get praise regarding his defensive capabilities.
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Currently down 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, Sanchez has gone 0-4 with three strikeouts in his limited at-bats. He didn’t even make the start in Games 1 and 3.
When looking at the Yankees current roster makeup, it’s really hard to find one definitive hole outside of the catcher position. They have an exuberant amount of slugging with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, they have an elite infield up the middle in DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres, and they’ve finally started to see some added production from their corner infield spots. Outside of that catcher position, the Yankees really don’t need to add anywhere else.
This puts them in a prime position to splash big on the before mentioned Realmuto.
When New York needed starting pitcher this past winter, they didn’t hold back in the slightest. Ownership gladly forked over the largest starting pitcher contract in baseball history (Gerrit Cole), and the organization hasn’t looked back since. There’s been talks of Realmuto commanding his own record-setting contract, and it seems only fitting that the Yankees would be the ones to hand that over.
The Philadelphia Phillies allowing Realmuto to hit the open market is a catastrophic failure on a number of different levels. Not only are they likely going to lose the best catcher in all of baseball, but they’re going to do so after trading away potentially the best young pitcher in all of baseball.
It’s a bad scenario all around for the Phils, and it looks like one of the teams that could take advantage of the situation is that of the ever-rich New York Yankees. Barring some unforeseen Sanchez breakout over the next couple of days, expect the Yanks to be involved on the soon-to-be former Phillies catcher.