J.T. Realmuto’s Arbitration Case will be Heard Tomorrow
There is a pretty large gap between the asking price of Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and what the team wants to pay.
The two sides exchanged numbers, Realmuto requested $12.4 million and was offered $10.0 million by the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged, back in January.
Tomorrow Realmuto's arbitration case will be heard.
The two-time All-Star catcher made just under $6 million in 2019, hitting .275 with 25 homers, 83 RBI and nine stolen bases while winning his first career Gold Glove award in his first season with the Phillies.
It's an important case for the catching position, but regardless of what the arbitrator rules, it won't shift Realmuto's focus on the 2020 season.
"I'm just showing up," Realmuto told reporters. "Trying to get better any way I can. Trying to improve my game, and help the team win. All that contract stuff will take care of itself."
"One way or another, i'll be in Philly playing baseball again, either making $10 or $12 million, I'll be happy either way, I'm blessed I get to do what I do - either way I am happy."