All-Star J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Philadelphia for 3 players
All-Star J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Philadelphia for 3 players
The Marlins are willing to trade J.T. Realmuto... for a price. Keith Srakocic AP
11 February, 2019, 07:42
The 27-year-old catcher was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, Minor League left-hander Will Stewart and worldwide bonus pool money.
Sixto Sanchez, while risky due to recent elbow injuries, is the type of top pitching prospect the Marlins were coveting all along.
Many consider Realmuto the biggest name on the offseason trade market, and at least six teams reportedly inquired about trading for him since he rejected the Marlins' contract offer in October.
Last season, Realmuto hit.277 with a career-high 74 RBIs and 21 home runs. 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. Meanwhile, the Mets "desparately wanted" Realmuto, but the Marlins' asking price was not right.
"We did not have to trade J.T.", president of baseball operations Michael Hill 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".
Given the nature of Derek Jeter's "plan" to build from the ground up, this could be considered a long-term success for the Marlins. "A pitcher who we think can develop and lead a championship rotation", Hill said.
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He mentions the upside being a 4th starter which would be a great get for a 3rd piece of the trade for Realmuto. The lefty posted a 2.09 ERA in 20 starts in single-A last season with a fastball that sits around 93 and three offspeed pitches.
Realmuto, 27, just finished his fourth full Major League season and still has two more years of team control before being eligible for free agency.
He also started 111 games behind the plate and earned his first All-Star nod.
Klentak also his defense and impact on the clubhouse are also a plus.
Realmuto was in his second season of arbitration eligibility this winter.
Having already settled with the Marlins, Realmuto is set to make $5.9 million in 2019.
Shortly before the trade was completed, the attendance-challenged Marlins announced a reduction in ticket prices, with seats available this season for as little as $10. 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 a year ago.
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