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Phillies acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Marlins

Phillies acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Marlins

Realmuto was traded Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and $250,000 in worldwide signing bonus pool allocation. He led the Marlins with 21 home runs and 74 RBI for the season. Per FanGraphs, he led catchers with a 4.8 WAR, the highest by a catcher since Buster Posey's 5.5 in 2015.

An offseason after trading the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton, the Brewers Christian Yelich and the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna, Jeter has sent the Phillies J.T. Realmuto, which would not hurt Philadelphia's Bryce Harper pursuit. "I think the upgrade is pretty significant".

Realmuto was a first-time All-Star in his fourth season past year. He would check in periodically and said the talks with Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill didn't "heat up" until Sunday.

"From our standpoint, that didn't play into the equation at all", Hill said. He reached the 30-doubles mark for a third straight season.

Klentak believes getting out of cavernous Marlins Park will help those numbers. Perhaps just as attractive to the Marlins: the earliest Alfaro can hit free agency is 2024.

But Klentak might go ring shopping soon.

The Miami marlins needed to get their trade of J.T. Realmuto right.

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If the Phillies were to include Sanchez, they could skyrocket to the top of the board for Miami because he is the best prospect now rumored to be included in offers for Realmuto. Elbow and collarbone injuries limited his workload and kept him out of Arizona Fall League. Miami pitchers and catchers report to spring training Wednesday.

Sanchez, a Dominican with a 100-mph fastball and excellent command, has a 2.48 ERA in 48 minor league games over four seasons. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season past year and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls. He also struck out an alarming 179 times, or more than 35% of his 508 plate appearances.

"We have heard outstanding things about J.T. and his work ethic and his makeup and his leadership and the type of teammate he is", Klentak said.

Realmuto not only gives the Phils another bat but also a veteran behind the plate.

"It's the same as Realmuto's arm", the scout said.

"I think this is another acquisition for our club this offseason that demonstrates our commitment to winning, and I would hope that demonstration would be appealing to potential free agents".


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