Catcher J.T. Realmuto signs deal through 2025 with Phillies

Sep 12, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) scores a run in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher J.T. Realmuto signed a five-year contract to remain with the Philadelphia Phillies through the 2025 season, the team announced Friday.

The Phillies didn’t disclose the contract value, but it was widely reported earlier this week that Realmuto had agreed to a record-setting $115.5 million deal for a catcher. With an annual average value of $23.1 million, the contract surpasses the eight-year, $184 million ($23 million average value) that Joe Mauer signed with the Minnesota Twins in March 2010.

Realmuto, 29, was traded to the Phillies before the 2019 season by the Miami Marlins and signed a one-year, $10 million extension with the team before the 2020 season.

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A two-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner, Realmuto appeared in 47 games last season, hitting .266 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs. He threw out 25 percent of runners attempting to steal a base — five of 20 — down from 46.7 percent in 2019.

In his career, Realmuto is a .278 hitter with 95 home runs, 156 doubles and 358 RBIs in 732 career games.

In 2019, he became the third catcher in major-league history with at least 90 runs, 35 doubles and 25 home runs in a season, joining Johnny Bench (1970 and 1974) and Jorge Posada (2000).

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