J.T. Realmuto is already looking ahead to his free agency next winter. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After losing his arbitration case against the Philadelphia Phillies, J.T. Realmuto is already looking ahead to his free agency next winter.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that the two-time All-Star is expected to seek a record salary for a catcher (exceeding Joe Mauer’s $23 million) and “quite possibly” a seven-year deal when he becomes a free agent.

Realmuto, 28, is perhaps the game’s best backstop right now as an elite defensive catcher with some major pop as well (25 home runs and 83 RBI in 2019). He failed to secure his request of $12.4 million from the Phillies this season but is still getting a nice raise from $6.05 million to $10 million.

Realmuto also brings plenty by way of highlights, and he may soon be surpassing Buster Posey as the game’s highest-paid catcher.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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The Colorado Rockies have never had a catcher make the All-Star Game.

ARZ / 2014
Miguel Montero
ATL / 2013
Brian McCann
BAL / 2016
Matt Wieters
BOS / 2010
Victor Martinez
CHC / 2019
Willson Contreras
CHW / 2019
James McCann
CIN / 2014
Devin Mesoraco
CLE / 2018
Yan Gomes
DET / 2011
Alex Avila
HOU / 2013
Jason Castro
KC / 2018
Salvador Perez
LAA / 1990
Lance Parrish
LAD / 2015
Yasmani Grandal
MIA / 2018
J.T. Realmuto
MIL / 2019
Yasmani Grandal
MIN / 2014
Kurt Suzuki
NYM / 2006
Paul Lo Duca
NYY / 2019
Gary Sanchez
OAK / 2016
Stephen Vogt
PHI / 2019
J.T. Realmuto
PIT / 2000
Jason Kendall
SD / 2002
Benito Santiago
SEA / 1996
Dan Wilson
SF / 2018
Buster Posey
STL / 2018
Yadier Molina
TB / 2018
Wilson Ramos
TEX / 2012
Mike Napoli
TOR / 2015
Russell Martin
WAS / 2016
Wilson Ramos

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