Marlins trade Realmuto to Phillies for Alfaro, prospects

J.T. Realmuto as a Phillie is tempting but the price is too high | Extra Innings

The Marlins are willing to trade J.T. Realmuto... for a price. Keith Srakocic AP

On the other side, the Marlins had been trying to trade the catcher since the season ended, once they learned that he would not re-sign with the Marlins and requested a trade through his agent.

In return the Marlins will receive catcher Jorge Alfaro, the Phillies top prospect Sixto Sanchez, prospect pitcher Will Stewart, and an worldwide bonus slot per ESPN insider Jeff Passan.

He's the type of must-have catcher whom Harper identified last season as exactly what his Nationals needed. Sherman says the outlook for the deal still looks good - indeed, Sanchez's medicals are already under review in Miami - but there's haggling left to go.

"Ultimately, as the talks intensified with Philadelphia, we saw the opportunity to turn two years of control in J.T. into over 17 years of control when we think about the five years of Jorge Alfaro, the two front-line starters in Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart", Hill said. He will make $5.9 million in 2019, and can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

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Klentak said he first inquired about Realmuto last summer and again early in the offseason. Last season, he appeared in 104 games behind the plate for the Phillies, hitting.262 with 10 home runs. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats.

Realmuto has a career.279 batting average, 59 home runs and 243 RBI.

Realmuto finally being traded will have trickle-down impacts across the competitive spectrum, from improving the Phillies in the NL race, to pushing them perhaps to be even more aggressive on Bryce Harper/Manny Machado. A rebuilding project for the perennial also-rans will probably continue for several years under CEO Derek Jeter, whose group bought the franchise after the 2017 season. The 21-year-old southpaw from Huntsville, Alabama has gone 15-6 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.197 WHIP over 56 games, 40 of those starts, topping out at Low-A Lakewood last season.

"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. "A pitcher who we think can develop and lead a championship rotation", Hill said.

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