It’s very nice to have some of the calibers of players that have inked contracts in the past 10 days or so being that it’s the offseason. One player who was sought after by many teams, JT Realmuto, is a Phillie for perhaps for perhaps the best stretch of his career playing baseball. Realmuto signed a $115.5 million dollar contract to play baseball for the Phillies for the next 5 years.
Many Phillies fans including myself are happy about it of course, but are we going to see the Phillies improve from the depths that they have been in for the last several years, there really isn’t too much more excuses that this team can have anymore.Embed from Getty Images
Forget the fact that the Phillies are now going to see a third season by their star right fielder, Bryce Harper. Amid the hoopla of getting Harper, again not much has happened with this Phillies team since the signing. I am not blaming Harper or Realmuto for the lack of success that this team is having, but who’s shoulders does that blame rest on?
We now have arguably two top starters with Nola and Wheeler, the bullpen apparently has improved, and this team has some veteran leadership. If the improvement doesn’t happen this season, when will it happen? You just can’t keep adding $100 million dollar ballplayers and not have any success.
Of course as the Phillies were busy getting this done, all the other teams that mattered in the NL East were improving too. The Mets with a new owner, President, and GM have things to prove. The Braves have been getting it done on the baseball field, and the Washington Nationals have added Jon Lester to a formidable starting rotation in the nation’s capital.
2021 has got to be a year of good results by the Phillies, anything less than a playoff finish is unacceptable.