Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies

Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies

The 27-year-old Realmuto was selected to his first All-Star game last season and won his first Silver Slugger award. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2024.

Even as the Harper and Machado sweepstakes lurch into their fourth months - with numerous usual, big-money suspects (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs) apparently taking a pass, and the void filled with some dark horses and mystery teams (Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants) - much of the industry takes it as an inevitability that the Phillies will walk away with one of them.

"From our standpoint, that didn't play into the equation at all", Hill said.

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

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After a long offseason of talks, it appears the Marlins have finally made a trade.

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Ended the year on the disabled list and missed the Arizona Fall League due to the injury.

Realmuto voiced his displeasure for Jeter's dismantling of the team, where he asked to be traded before Spring Training last season.

"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", Passan explained.

Sanchez has struck out 191 batters while walking only 43 in 221 minor-league innings. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats. Realmuto, who will turn 28 next month, went from playing for one of the least financially motivated clubs in the sport to one of the deepest-pocketed teams in baseball. "It's hard to acquire top players at any position, especially at the catcher position".

That bunch of names covers most of the top portion of the Phillies farm, so there' still a good bit of variability in the outcome here. "Just his presence behind the plate - I think those are the types of things that can really help a pitching staff take a step forward".

"I think we've improved pretty significantly", said Klentak, who hopes these additions lead to an even bigger improvement. "This is another acquisition that demonstrates our commitment to winning - and will be attractive to other free agents". The Phillies went 80-82 a year ago and should be much improved in 2019, especially if they can sign either Harper or Machado on the back of their other upgrades.

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