Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies

Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies

Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies

Scheduled to make $5.9 million this season, Realmuto wouldn't preclude the Phils from signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. The Marlins, well, they're the laughingstock of baseball, years away from relevance.

Realmuto led all catchers in slugging percentage (.825) and batting average (.277), was tied for third in RBIs and was fourth in home runs.

While the Braves were believed by many to still be a frontrunner throughout this process, the Phillies were able to offer their top minor league prospect in the deal, which pushed them to the front of the line.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, when the Yankees inquired, the Marlins were tough customers, asking about Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.

The Marlins were engaged in trade discussions with multiple teams for most of the offseason before completing the deal. "So there's going to be inherent risk with everyone who throws the ball".

Hill said Sanchez would start out at Double A Jacksonville while Stewart will begin at Single A Jupiter. They gave up, arguably, the best catcher in baseball but they are acquiring exacting what a team rebuilding needs to be acquiring: A future ACE! 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.

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Nothing wrong with taking a shot, but teams rarely overpay under any circumstances anymore, not in free agency, not in trades. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season a year ago and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls.

"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.

Miami reportedly received $250,000 in worldwide bonus pool money as part of the trade, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. In 260 career Marlins home games, Realmuto slashed just.245/.294/.384 with 55 doubles, four triples, 22 home runs, 106 RBI and 60 walks.

Given the nature of Derek Jeter's "plan" to build from the ground up, this could be considered a long-term success for the Marlins.

Needless to say, after seeing the All-Star trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna unceremoniously disposed of with little to speak of in return, Marlins fans (yes, a few of us actually exist) were a little non-plussed.

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