Like the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies played their final MLB game of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. Also similar to the Nationals, the Phillies have some interesting offseason decisions to make.
Chief among those important decisions is re-signing catcher J.T. Realmuto, something former Nationals slugger Bryce Harper says should be a top priority.
And the tone Haper took in his season-ending press conference might chill the Phillies front office. It at least deserves some scrutiny.
“Anybody who is the best at their position hitting and fielding needs to be signed,” Harper said. “And I don’t think that should even be a question or anything because there’s going to be two or three teams in the NL East that are going to go after that guy and if that happens that’s going to be tough to swallow.”
Those two or three NL East rival teams were unnamed, but insert the Nationals in this conversation and it would add some real fire to the long-term relationship Philadelphia and Harper have ahead of them.
Realmuto could add some offensive firepower to an otherwise disappointing Washington lineup. The last two seasons in Philadelphia, Realmuto had 115 RBIs and 36 home runs. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki‘s generated 80 RBIs and 19 homers in that same time.
While Realmuto will be one of the best players in the free agency market, he will come at a high price. But if Mike Rizzo and the Nationals want to make a bold move, Realmuto has a good source in Harper to ask about food spots in D.C.