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PHILADELPHIA -- So many people expected J.T. Realmuto to get a record-breaking contract this offseason from the Mets.

New York signed James McCann instead.

The Phillies ultimately signed Realmuto to a five-year, $115.5 million contract, making him the highest-paid catcher in baseball history. It could make a fun storyline over the next several seasons as the Phillies and Mets compete in the National League East. Imagine, for instance if Realmuto beats up the Mets like Chase Utley did.

Realmuto made his presence felt in the Phillies’ 8-2 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia won the three-game series and started its season 5-1. Realmuto walked and scored on Alec Bohm’s three-run home run in the first inning and hit a three-run home run to right field in the fifth inning. Rhys Hoskins also homered in the game as the Phillies’ offense had its best game following a quiet start.

Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola struggled through four innings, although he allowed only one run. In 92 pitches, he gave up six hits and walked two.

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