J.T. Realmuto likely to undergo knee surgery

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Update (5:27 PM ET): Per The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro, the Phillies have clarified that the decision for Realmuto to undergo surgery hasn’t been made final yet. It is, however, the most likely scenario.

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee on Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Scott Lauber reports. The procedure will clean up his meniscus. As Lauber notes, teammate Jake Arrieta underwent a similar before the season, so it shouldn’t affect Realmuto’s offseason routine much, if at all.

The Phillies were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday, so it’s better to get a head start with no meaningful games remaining.

Realmuto, 28, ends 2019 batting .275/.328/.493 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI, and 92 runs scored in 593 plate appearances. He also threw out a league-high 43 runners at a league-high 47 percent clip. FanGraphs credits him with 5.7 Wins Above Replacement, seventh-best in the National League.

Realmuto will be entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, meaning he can become a free agent after the 2020 season. It is believed that both Realmuto and the Phillies are interested in discussing a contract extension.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.