When you want quality, you have to pay for it.
For the Phillies, that was evident when it cost top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez in an offseason blockbuster trade for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.
The next wave of Realmuto cost will be even more significant: $100M-plus on a contract extension.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, a long-term deal could go down this offseason.
With around $110 million committed to payroll next season, no massive arbitration raises and some likely non-tenders, the Phillies have every reason to pursue a long-term deal with Realmuto. He is 28. He is a leader. He is a well-above-average hitter and even better defensive catcher. He deserves a nine-figure extension.