Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

In October, J.T. Realmuto's agent predicted the Miami Marlins' All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training. You've also got the teams that missed out on Realmuto - the Reds, Dodgers, Padres, and Braves among them - having to readjust and make other arrangements.

"This is about us acquiring the best catcher in baseball", Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said, "and we're really excited about that". Bronx Bombers' third baseman Miguel Andujar and catcher Gary Sanchez would have gone to Miami to round out the deal, reports Martino.

Surprisingly, they sent their All Star catcher to the division rival Philadelphia Phillies, where they will be reminded on a constant basis of what they had.

The trade of Realmuto has other significance in that it represents the final "core" piece to the organization from the Jeffrey Loria-led ownership of the franchise.

Marlins reporter Joe Frisaro talked about the Realmuto-Harper connection with Joe Giglio on Wednesday's 94WIP Evening Show Hot Stove segment. His trade demands were well known, and with two years left before free agency, he was at the peak of his value. In Alfaro, they have a catcher that will be under team command until 2024.

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

Along with Alfaro, the Phillies gave up 20-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, and left-hander Will Stewart.

The 27-year-old Realmuto was selected to his first All-Star game last season and won his first Silver Slugger award.

What happens now is the Marlins head to Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida minus one of their leaders and the need for someone else to assume the role of power hitter/clutch performer.

In the end, it was the Marlins who stood firm in their desires in a trade, What started out with as many as 12 teams looking to play "Let's Make A Deal" the demand of Major League Baseball players prospects appeared to be too high for one player.

The Marlins finished last in the NL East a year ago with a 63-98 record. The Dodgers balked at a deal involving Cody Bellinger.

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. He has a 2.48 ERA in 48 minor league games over four seasons but pitched just 46 2/3 innings in Single A last season due to right elbow inflammation.

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