The Mets Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Phillies After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
The New York Mets should steal this upcoming free agent away from the Philadelphia Phillies.
The New York Mets should steal this upcoming free agent away from the Philadelphia Phillies. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The NL East is one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, and the New York Mets are making a push to reach the top of the pack. Some of their recent progress has come at the expense of the Philadelphia Phillies, who fell to fourth in the standings in 2019.

The Mets could keep that momentum going by stealing away catcher J.T. Realmuto when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

The Mets have a solid catcher in Wilson Ramos, but there's a club option on his contract for 2021, and he'll be an unrestricted free agent after that. It wouldn't be too hard to move on from him, and Realmuto would be a nice upgrade.

Realmuto hit for a .275/.328/.493 slash line in 2019, and his .340 weighted on-base average (wOBA) was good for sixth among all major league catchers that made at least 300 plate appearances. Ramos only managed a .327 mark.

Realmuto was also making the best contact of his career last season, with a career-high 45.6 percent hard-hit rate to go with a career-low 14.2 percent soft-hit rate. He's got some value on the basepaths too, as he led all catchers with 9 steals in 2019, bringing his career total to 40 steals across five seasons.

The Mets could get a nice boost by adding Realmuto, and stealing him away from their division rivals would make this move a win-win.

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