Oh, I agree they have to manage his workload and obviously the DH will help that too. I guess I'm just not sure what the number will actually be, which is less about how often he catches as how often he plays, period.
He made 133 starts in 2019, all at catcher. Would have been 138-139 if they'd been contending, he was shut down with 8 to go.
In 2020 he made 36 starts at catcher, 9 at DH. So yeah, with that kind of usage that would project out to 96-97 starts at catcher and 24 at DH. And if they want him to play even more than that those extra starts should probably be at DH.
I guess I just don't believe this manager or front office will be that proactive, especially if it's not what JT wants (and it probably isn't).
I don't really believe Marchan is ready, these nice offensive flickers aside I don't believe he'd help the team win any more than Knapp has this year, and if it doesn't help the team win and doesn't help his development there is no upside. That's assuming he's even on the Phillies by December - but if he is they probably want him to be a nice hot prospect in AAA come July, not a lightly used back-up catcher hitting .208 in MLB.
But I also don't think they'll spend $2-3 million on a catcher. You can move on from Knapp and get a defense-first veteran back-up.
The labor dispute hangs over everything of course. If it's as long as I think it's' going to be Realmuto can catch 75 games because he'll only be playing in 80.