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Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players
Noah Ferguson | 09 February, 2019, 12:43

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 worldwide signing bonus money (see story).

Along with Alfaro, the Phillies gave up 20-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, and left-hander Will Stewart. However, the Mets and Yankees discussed a possible three-way trade with the Marlins for the All-Star catcher earlier this offseason, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM tweeted that he expects a deal to occur today, while MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the growing momentum with the Philadelphia organization specifically.

"It's a possible steal [for the Marlins], I think", said one National League scout who has seen Alfaro and Sanchez.

"We did not have to trade J.T.", president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. He would check in periodically and said the talks with Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill didn't "heat up" until Sunday.

The 2018 season was Alfaro's first full year in the big leagues.

The Phillies continue to make improvements to their roster and they haven't even spent stupid money yet. The last player involved in the deal is a pitcher that took some time to develop but looks to be a back half of the rotation guy or someone that could be turned into a useful pen arm. He's expected to start this year in Double-A, and Stewart will begin in Single-A. 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). He's hit.282 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 103 career at-bats at CBP. He set career highs last season in home runs (21), RBI (74) and slugging (.484) en route to his first MLB All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger Award. Their 80-82 record a year ago - good for a third-place finish, 10 games behind the division-winning Braves - included an ugly 16-33 finish over the season's final two months. But that means, as free agency heads into the second week of February, there are still plenty of free agent and trade rumors buzzing around.

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