Did the Philadelphia Phillies give up too much for J.T. Realmuto?

Marlins Demanding Prospect From Phillies In J.T. Realmuto Trade

The Miami Marlins on Thursday traded their All-Star catcher to the division rival Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, highly regarded pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart and global bonus pool money. When the Mets and Marlins held direct talks, Miami asked for two of Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario, as well as prospects, per Martino.

"I think J.T. Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball", Klentak told Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sanchez ranks No. 13 on Baseball America's list of top prospects; No. 27 on MLB Pipeline.

The elbow inflammation that limited Sanchez's innings clearly did not bother Miami.

Thus far through his five-year career, the Del City, Oklahoma, native has a.309/.356/.492 career slash away from Marlins Park, with 59 doubles, 12 triples, 37 home runs, 137 RBI, and 62 walks spanning 280 games. 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.

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With Realmuto no longer available, the Dodgers seem poised to go into Spring Training with Russell Martin and Austin Barnes as their primary catchers. "Electric stuff - a pitcher we think can develop and lead a championship rotation". That could be the first year of a new deal, or the Phillies could sign Realmuto to a new deal that begins in 2019, essentially voiding his arbitration agreement with the Marlins. The concept of restocking a bare cupboard is unfamiliar to this franchise which has smartly used free agency at key moments to find its way to a pair of World Series victories.

J.T. Realmuto is already one of 2019's big winners.

The Marlins also received $250,000 in bonus pool money that they can use to sign worldwide players. He'll now play 81 games a season at Citizens Bank Park, one of the league's more hitter-friendly stadiums, as opposed to Marlins Park, which, well, isn't. Let's take a look at how this deal affects Miami's core and dynasty owners as well. He smashed 21 home runs to go along with 74 runs batted in and a.277 average.

He is the fifth big-name player the Marlins have traded away since Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman bought the team and launched a rebuild. It was the best year yet for a player who has been one of the better hitting backstops in the league for the past three seasons. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna as well as second baseman Dee Gordon were all shipped off before the start of the 2018 season.

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