Phillies general manager Matt Klentak disputed a recent report that he and J.T. Realmuto’s representatives have not spoken since baseball’s restart in late June.
“That’s not true,” Klentak said Monday.
After making it clear that there had been communication between the two sides since MLB lifted its moratorium on transactions and negotiations after the COVID shutdown, Klentak drew a line and refused to offer a status update on the Phillies’ attempts to extend Realmuto’s contract. The All-Star catcher, who leads the Phillies in homers and RBIs, is set to become a free agent after the World Series.
With just a month to go in the season, Realmuto is likely to test the market. He has expressed no apprehensions about becoming a free agent but has also mentioned frequently that he loves Philadelphia and would like to stay with the club. Time will tell if that happens as he seeks a record-setting payday for a catcher.
Realmuto has politely sidestepped recent questions about his contract, saying he’d prefer to concentrate on playing. Klentak cited the same reasons for not commenting on the matter Monday.
Klentak and managing partner John Middleton did comment in general on the Realmuto situation in July.