One of the two largest free agents of the 2020-2021 MLB free agent class, Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball, and is due for a huge payday. The soon to be 30 year old catcher, is a career .278/.328/.455 hitter with a .783 OPS, but in the past three seasons, he has not seen his OPS drop below .820. Realmuto also saw his power numbers go up significantly after leaving death valley in Marlins Park, as he has averaged a .492 SLG in his time with the Phillies, versus a .423 SLG in his time with the Marlins. 2020 was no difference for the progression of Realmuto’s bat, as he averaged a 13.6 barrel percentage, to the league average of 6.4.
Along with Realmuto’s bat, his glove is one of the best in the game, as he ranked in the 95th percentile when it came to framing, and was second in 2020 with 3 Runs Extra Strikes. On top of being a top tier framer, Realmuto ranked first in pop time in the majors, with an unreal 1.89 average pop time to second, and sported the third highest velocity behind the plate at 88.2 MPH.
The two time All Star, two time Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove winner in 2019, has plenty of great days ahead of him, and if he keeps progressing at the rate he currently is, will become one of the top players in the game.
These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Realmuto: Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees
Final Landing Spot Prediction: J.T. Realmuto signs a 5 yr/125 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .297/.358/.491 .849 OPS 20 HR 87 RBI