Phillies Trade For Marlins Catcher JT Realmuto

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The Phillies on Thursday traded for "the best catcher in baseball".

If Miami were to trade the catcher to Philadelphia, starting pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez "must" be included in the deal, according to a report from MLB.com, which cites unidentified league sources. Realmuto hit.277 with 30 doubles, 21 homers, 74 RBIs and an.825 OPS for the Marlins last season. The two highest-paid catchers in the sport - Buster Posey and Russell Martin - could offer interesting baselines for a new Realmuto deal.

"I think it's a good idea to date the person before you ask to marry him", Klentak said.

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

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"He throws 100 miles per hour", said Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations. He's spent all five major league seasons with the Marlins, who selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. Then you add Alfaro to the mix to help bridge the gap until hopefully you can develop the "next" guy, be at Banfield or someone else, which is a huge get for a financially conscious team like the Marlins. Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home.

"It's hard to acquire top players at any position, especially catcher", Klentak said. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned as are a handful of other big names. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2024. A potential extension hasn't come up just yet. JT Realmuto finally has been dealt and he has been dealt inside the NL East. The Marlins want four total players and are unsurprisingly trying to pry loose some of the Phils' best remaining farm assets. By the skin of his teeth, Berry was right, as the Philadelphia Phillies acquired his client on February 7, five days before Marlins pitchers and catchers were due to report to Jupiter, Florida for Spring Training.

Per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, Sanchez suffered a setback with soreness in his collarbone and was held out of the Arizona Fall League. With spring training opening next week for teams across the majors, trade talks intensified. He also started 111 games behind the plate and earned his first All-Star nod. Alfaro struck out in 40 percent of his at bats last season while walking just 18 times in 377 plate appearances.

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