By Sam Bush

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto can become a free agent after the 2020 season as his contract expires.

And he has no bigger fan than teammate Bryce Harper.

During yesterday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Realmuto hit an opposite-field home run off of Cole Irvin. As Realmuto returned to the dugout, Harper was heard yelling, “Sign him!”

Harper said it would be “terrible and sad” if the Phillies don’t sign Realmuto to a contract extension.

“I think there’s a lot of other teams out there that are going to want to sign the guy,” Harper said. “He’s a Gold Glove-caliber catcher every year, he’s a great person, a great player. I mean everybody in this organization from the top down wants to see him in red pinstripes for the rest of his career and hopefully we can make that happen.”