Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

Rex Christensen
February 8, 2019

Despite Miami's sickly lineup around him - the Marlins were far and away the lowest-scoring team in baseball - Realmuto scored 74 runs and knocked in 74, despite a modest 125 games played. The catcher is under team control for two more seasons before hitting free agency after his final year of arbitration in 2020.

Scheduled to make $5.9 million this season, Realmuto wouldn't preclude the Phils from signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

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. He's been on the trade block all offseason - and before that - as the 27-year-old is both a standout and can't be a free agent until 2021.

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

The J.T. Realmuto trade saga finally is over. "We have every reason to believe he is exactly the type of player that we want representing the Philadelphia Phillies". He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season a year ago and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls. Elbow and collarbone injuries limited his workload and kept him out of Arizona Fall League. He also struck out an alarming 179 times, or more than 35% of his 508 plate appearances.

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Sanchez, a Dominican with a 100-mph fastball and excellent command, has a 2.48 ERA in 48 minor league games over four seasons.

"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.

Realmuto isn't Machado or Harper, but he's certainly another significant addition for the Phils, who this offseason have also added shortstop Jean Segura, outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson.

"It's a possible steal [for the Marlins], I think", said one National League scout who has seen Alfaro and Sanchez. "Electric stuff - a pitcher we think can develop and lead a championship rotation".

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