3 external options for the Phillies to replace J.T. Realmuto

With the star catcher going under the knife for knee surgery, here are some options the Phillies could explore if they decide to bring in outside help.
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Elias Díaz, Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have a catcher they might be willing to part with, seeing as how they're going nowhere fast in the NL West. Elias Díaz, the 2023 All-Star, is in the final year of a three-year, $14.5 million contract and is earning $6 million this season.

Like Realmuto, the Rockies backstop is 33 years old. He's in his fifth season in Colorado and is putting up an impressive .303/.352/.439 slash line through 55 games. He has five home runs and 28 RBI with just a 17.6 percent strikeout rate.

Díaz is ranked No. 29 on Bleacher Report's 2024 trade deadline board, and, as noted by Kerry Miller, has fairly even home and road splits, so it's not just the thin air at Coors Field that's leading to his success at the plate. At home, the right-handed hitting Díaz is hitting .311 with an .820 OPS. On the road, he has a .293 average and a .759 OPS.

Adding Díaz to the lineup would more than make up for Realmuto's lost offensive production. The only caveat is that he's listed as day-to-day with a strained left calf, so the Phillies would need to take a wait-and-see approach if they wanted to work out a trade for the Colorado catcher.