The delay to the start of the baseball season may have played a role. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been an obvious extension candidate for a while, but nothing has come together yet as he nears his final season of team control. With the coronavirus pushing back the start of the season for the foreseeable future, it doesn’t appear a new Realmuto pact will materialize in the near term. The Phillies and Realmuto have hit the pause button on negotiations for the time being, general manager Matt Klentak revealed Tuesday (via Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer).

As MLBTR’s Jeff Todd explained Tuesday, there isn’t a roster freeze or a moratorium on extensions, so teams and players aren’t prohibited from hammering out long-term agreements. On the other hand, with the start of the 2020 campaign off the table for a while, there’s a lot less urgency for the two sides to get something done. The Phillies had been prioritizing a preseason extension for Realmuto, though. Therefore, it stands to reason they’ll get back to work on one when there’s clarity regarding the date of Opening Day, if not sooner.

While Realmuto at least has a contract for this year, players from the Phillies and other teams who signed minor league deals containing opt-out clauses are facing quite a bit of uncertainty.

Klentak spoke on their statuses, saying: “We do not have clarity. There’s a possibility we will have to make some of those decisions this week.”

Philadelphia has a few established veterans who landed non-guaranteed pacts with opt-outs and were competing for big league roles before the postponement of spring training. As Lauber notes, infielders Neil Walker and Logan Forsythe and relievers Anthony Swarzak and Francisco Liriano may all exit their deals Thursday. Speculatively, however, MLB could push the deadlines back for players in those situations.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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Can you name the last catcher from every MLB team to make the All-Star Game?

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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