Phils traded alot to get Realmuto a couple years ago. They need to validate that move. So let them overpay on JTR and be saddled with another crazy ass contract. Nats need Ozuna. Besides, who in-house would they use to replace Eaton next season, Stephenson? Harrison? No thanks.
Yankees lost $400 million in 2020. Mets lost $200 million, and Phils lost $160 million. How much did The Lerners lose? Sure, those figures are from MLB, and the numbers are probably cooked. Still, with the pandemic and the economic uncertainty, I dont see Rizzo winning a sales pitch to the Lerners to sign a catcher to a deal into his late 30's (if that is what the market demands) when catchers dont historically age well. If The Lerners can take advantage of a soft market and scoop up Ozuna or JTR to good deals, great. But if not we then might end up with a Tier 2 guy like Brantley. No problem with that. And then let Gomes finish out his final year.
Did those teams lose that much in franchise value, money in the bank, or potential earnings? Probably just earnings, which they obviously aren't happy about but not the same impact as if they had to reach into their pockets. I'm with you on not trusting the MLB figures since they are still negotiating with the players. With salaries cut by more than half and more playoff money the teams were a lot less exposed to taking those sort of losses.
I wonder what the relationship is between Realmuto and Harper. In DC Bryce's teammates were mostly happy to see him gone, Harper keeps saying that he wants the Phillies to re-sign Realmuto but does JT care about playing with Bryce?