Marlins Trade J.T. Realmuto To Phillies After Offseason Full Of Rumors

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The Marlins are willing to trade J.T. Realmuto... for a price. Keith Srakocic AP

Realmuto is considered one of the best catcher in the Major League Baseball at the moment and was put up for trade since the offseason began in 2018. After Realmuto notched the go-ahead single in a Marlins victory over the Nationals last season, Harper declared, "If we had that guy, we would have won".

The Phillies and Marlins have reached a trade that sends All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an worldwide bonus slot, the teams announced Thursday.

Klentak said he first inquired about Realmuto last summer and again early in the offseason.

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Some have called Realmuto the best catcher in baseball, and by some measures in 2018, he was that, producing the top WAR among catchers, according to Fangraphs.

"Ultimately, as the talks intensified with Philadelphia, we saw the opportunity to turn two years of control in J.T. into over 17 years of control when we think about the five years of Jorge Alfaro, the two front-line starters in Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart", Hill said.

Realmuto voiced his displeasure for Jeter's dismantling of the team, where he asked to be traded before Spring Training last season. Sanchez was the Phils' top SP prospect and now immediately tops the chart for the Marlins. He and the front office met before Spring Training, discussing options for the upcoming season, asking him to buy into the new plan for the organization. He smashed 21 home runs to go along with 74 runs batted in and a.277 average. Losing him creates a void at the plate and defensively, while the Marlins still develop a youthful pitching staff that has many question marks heading into camp next week.

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The Marlins finished last in the NL East a year ago with a 63-98 record.

They were initially said to be targeting a move for Machado whom they met at Citizens Bank Park during his three-city tour in December, but their focus is now said to have shifted toward right-fielder Harper after their face-to-face meeting with him in January.

From the Dodgers, Miami wanted first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger. While he has not pitched above the High-A minors, the Dominican right-hander is just 20. The Rays had outfield prospects it could part with. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season a year ago.

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Sanchez is the most well-regarded prospect in the deal, a 6-foot right-hander whose fastball sits in the high 90s and tops out over 100 miles per hour. Alfaro, 25, is a power-hitting, cannon-armed catcher who will join a young group in Miami. Isan Diaz figures to be a utility infielder while Jordan Yamamoto looks more promising after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League (3-0, 2.08 ERA, 1.07 WHIP in six starts).

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