The Miami Marlins traded All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and worldwide bonus pool money.
Realmuto became a National League all-star for the first time last season. But it was only within the past week that the Phillies resurfaced, swooping in to acquire the much-coveted catcher.
Of course, that's supposed to be a safe bet anyway, given that Spring Training starts next week, for crying out loud!
Along with Alfaro, the Marlins acquired highly regarded pitchers Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart. While he has not pitched above the High-A minors, the Dominican right-hander is just 20. Teams that wanted to have extension talks were told no by the Marlins, but it's expected that Realmuto will ask for a deal that reaches Yasmani Grandal's annual salary for 2019 by the 2nd or 3rd year of any extension talks.
The scout said his only concern with Sanchez is his health.
"We're talking about the best catcher in all of baseball, so of course he was popular", Hill said. "So there's going to be inherent risk with everyone who throws the ball".
"In Sanchez we saw a front-of-the-rotation starter", Hill said. Electric stuff. Three pitch mix.
Over 143 games with the Phillies, Alfaro slashed.270/.327/.422 with 15 homers, 51 RBI, and 47 runs scored. His major drawback as a hitter is his high strikeout rate.
Last fall his agent, Jeff Berry, said Realmuto informed the Marlins he wouldn't sign a long-term contract with them and predicted a trade.
Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player. 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. "In any trade that we've ever made, we always focus on our return and what's best for the Miami Marlins".
Realmuto was a first-time All-Star in his fourth season a year ago.
The 27-year-old Realmuto was selected to his first All-Star game last season and won his first Silver Slugger award. Defensively, Realmuto committed just seven errors in 879 chances behind the plate for a.992 fielding mark and threw out 25 of 53 players attempting to steal a base (32 percent). Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home. 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.
Realmuto was in his second season of arbitration eligibility this winter.