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Phils beat Realmuto in arbitration; teams lead players 7-4

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PHOENIX (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.

Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.

Arbitrators Gary Kendellen, Jeanne Charles and Richard Bloch made the decision a day after hearing arguments.

Obtained from Miami just before spring training last year, Realmuto hit .275 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs, earning his second straight All-Star selection.

He lost at a hearing two years ago, when he was given Miami's $2.9 million offer instead of his $3.5 million request.

A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday.

Phillies reliever Hector Neris agreed Thursday night to a $4.6 million, one-year deal, avoiding a hearing.

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Updated February 21, 2020

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