All-Star J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Philadelphia for 3 players

All-Star J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Philadelphia for 3 players

Six days before the first workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers, the team on Thursday acquired J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins for three players and global signing bonus money (see story).

The fact that Thursday's news was "merely" the Philadelphia Phillies prying away all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins - and not the signing of one of the prized assets of the free agent market, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado - could wind up being a simple matter of timing.

In exchange, the Phillies acquired, in Realmuto, arguably the best young all-around catcher in the game, a 27-year-old star who hit 21 homers and slugged.484 for the Marlins in 2018, earning an all-star nod and the Silver Slugger award as the league's top-hitting catcher.

"I think this is another acquisition for our club this offseason that demonstrates our commitment to winning, and I would hope that demonstration would be appealing to potential free agents".

"We did not have to trade J.T.", president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. But it was only within the past week that the Phillies resurfaced, swooping in to acquire the much-coveted catcher. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season previous year and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls. He would check in periodically and said the talks with Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill didn't "heat up" until Sunday.

"In Sanchez, we saw a front-of-the-rotation starter". He's expected to start this year in Double-A, and Stewart will begin in Single-A. Alfaro hit.262 with 10 home runs in 108 games last season.

Nothing wrong with taking a shot, but teams rarely overpay under any circumstances anymore, not in free agency, not in trades. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats.

"I'd be lying if I told you we didn't think playing half his games in Citizens Bank Park would make him better", Klentak said. Alfaro won't be eligible for arbitration until the 2021 season and has five years of team control remaining.

Now that he's no longer a Marlin, will Realmuto and Berry back off that stance?

Berry made another bold declaration late in 2018 - whether the Marlins traded Realmuto or not, the Silver Slugger Award victor had no intention of signing an extension to remain with the Marlins past the 2020 season, when he can become eligible for free-agency.