Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Phillies acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Marlins

Marlins Demanding Prospect From Phillies In J.T. Realmuto Trade MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Acquire JT Realmuto From Marlins
Shannon Reynolds | 08 February, 2019, 08:08

The Marlins had been talking for months with other numerous teams about a Realmuto trade before deciding to send him to their NL East rivals.

Miami will receive 23-year-old catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, as well as global pool money, in exchange for Realmuto. Sherman says the outlook for the deal still looks good - indeed, Sanchez's medicals are already under review in Miami - but there's haggling left to go.

That set up the firestorm of rumors that became this offseason in Miami around the 28-year-old catcher coming off a career year where he hit.277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs, making his first All-Star team.

J.T. Realmuto is already one of 2019's big winners. "If that's what he does in our uniform, that's still the best catcher in baseball, but I'd be lying if I told you we didn't think there was some chance playing half his games in Citizens Bank Park wouldn't make him better".

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Realmuto was a first-time All-Star in his fourth season past year.

The 25-year-old Alfaro played 108 games last season - he played a combined 35 in his first two stints in the bigs - and slashed.262/.324./407 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2024. But in an offseason in which the White Sox have loaded up their roster with pals of Manny Machado - including his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso - perhaps the Phillies bringing in Realmuto would put them over the top. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats. A rebuilding project for the perennial also-rans will probably continue for several years under CEO Derek Jeter, whose group bought the franchise after the 2017 season. "A pitcher who we think can develop and lead a championship rotation", Hill said.

"It's hard to acquire top players at any position, especially at the catcher position, and we knew if were going [add] J.T., we were going to have to give up some talent in return", Klentak said. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna as well as second baseman Dee Gordon were all shipped off before the start of the 2018 season.

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