Catcher J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for three players

Catcher J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for three players

Catcher J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for three players

Finally, it has happened.

If Giancarlo Stanton represented the Miami Marlins poor effort by way of reasonable return on value, catcher J.T. Realmuto symbolizes the exact opposite.

The Phillies parted with catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sanchez, left-hander Will Stewart and $250,000 in worldwide bonus slot money to bring Realmuto to Philadelphia. 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. While Realmuto's situation with the Marlins may not have handcuffed the free agent market, it could have affected it, seeing where one of the best catchers in the game today landed.

It's obvious the fish won't be reaping the benefits of this move for a couple of years but fantasy owners might see a domino effect take place this year now that the Marlins' best hitter is gone.


Editor's Note: All you early birds can get a full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2024. Marlins.com's Joe Frisaro said Wednesday that acquiring Realmuto could "enhance" the Phillies' chances to sign the outfielder. Although Devers is the cousin of Rafael Devers, so that's cool I suppose. The team added both Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson recently in low cost/high reward deals that could pan out and help this team win more than 63 games as it did past year. At least that's how it looked on paper. MLB Pipeline ranked him the 27 prospect in all of baseball in their latest list. His big league career has been mixed between highlight-reel throws and disappointing hitting so far. Harrison and Diaz could contribute eventually but that's not a guarantee. Yup, just goes to show he didn't have a future in Miami. But is that the case? All reports indicate the trade will include top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. I give the Marlins an A on this deal! He was Philadelphia's top prospect and it fits with what the Marlins have been demanding all offseason. "The 20-year-old missed a majority of the 2018 season with elbow inflammation". This is obviously concerning, along with the fact the Phillies were suddenly willing to part with him.

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. The Phillies went 80-82 previous year and should be much improved in 2019, especially if they can sign either Harper or Machado on the back of their other upgrades.

Klentak believes getting out of cavernous Marlins Park will help those numbers.

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