With the Mets signing James McCann and seemingly removing themselves from the race for J.T. Realmuto, two of the Phillies' biggest threats in retaining their star catcher appear to be the Nationals and Angels.
Washington has liked (and faced) Realmuto for a long time and has tried in the past to acquire him. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is aggressive every year and knows he needs to improve his team's lineup after a dismal offensive season. The Nats, as currently constructed, don't have much in the way of run production after Juan Soto's spot in the lineup.
Teams lose sleep over Soto and Trea Turner, who hit a combined .341/.435/.630 this season. Was any tandem better offensively in 2020?
The rest of the Nationals hit .245/.310/.385 as a team.
Adding offense will be the Nationals' top priority. According to MASNSports, Rizzo "downplayed the possibility of using third base or catcher to fill that need," indicating Yan Gomes could catch 90 to 100 games next season. If so, the Nationals might be more focused on bringing back someone like Kurt Suzuki for about a million bucks rather than pursuing Realmuto.
"A corner outfielder that complements the lineup, or a first baseman, would be the smoothest transition because those are positions of need," Rizzo told reporters. "With that said, you can get creative and get a bat in all sorts of ways. And with a little maneuvering, we'd feel comfortable doing it in all sorts of different creative ways."
In the corner outfield, the Nationals could look to George Springer or Marcell Ozuna. Adam Duvall, who figures to be much less expensive, would be an option in the corner outfield or at first base. Washington has also been connected to DJ LeMahieu, who can play first, second and third.