The Phillies have not made an official offer to J.T. Realmuto, a source tells NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, despite a recent national report that indicated otherwise.
The source said the Phillies have expressed interest in Realmuto, their star free agent, and have had conversations but no official offer has ever been made.
It seems the Phillies are playing the long game to see where Realmuto’s market goes.
Realmuto is one of the top free agents on the market, along with starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, outfielder George Springer and infielder DJ LeMahieu.
The Mets, once viewed as a top suitor for Realmuto, filled their catching hole by signing James McCann to a four-year deal earlier this offseason, eliminating a potentially serious threat to the Phillies. But given Realmuto’s reputation as the best catcher in baseball, there should still be a competitive market.
Last Wednesday, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the lines of communication had been open with Realmuto's agent, Jeff Berry, though no negotiations had taken place.