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.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays

As the top catcher on Bleacher Report's 2024 trade deadline board, at No. 25, Danny Jansen would be a great get for the Phillies while Realmuto is on the shelf. He'd also be a huge upgrade as a second-string backstop when he returns — especially if the team wants to manage Realmuto's playing time.

Jansen, 29, is a free agent after the season, currently playing on a one-year, $5.2 million deal. He has been with Toronto his entire career and is now in his seventh MLB season. While he has had a hard time staying healthy, with freak injury after freak injury, when he's in the lineup, he produces. He's slashing .264/.345/.473 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 38 games this season.

He has dropped his strikeout rate this season down to a stingy career-best 13.3 percent, with an 11.2 percent walk rate.

He'd fit right in on the Phillies lineup. As Miller notes, "Among the 56 catchers with at least 500 plate appearances since the beginning of 2021, Jansen has the highest slugging percentage at .493."

With Jansen behind the plate, the Phillies would get an elite blocking catcher, as he ranks second in the majors in blocks above average with eight. While they'd be giving away something with his pop time, he equals Realmuto in his preparation and handling of a pitching staff.