JT Realmuto and Marlins Were $100 Million Apart in Contract Talks

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

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Acquire JT Realmuto From Marlins

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. Last season, the 27-year-old catcher hit.277 with 21 homers and an.825 OPS in 125 games for Miami. Per FanGraphs, he led catchers with a 4.8 WAR, the highest by a catcher since Buster Posey's 5.5 in 2015. Last year, when the Washington Nationals were looking to acquire a catcher before the trade deadline, Harper jokingly put his cap on Realmuto's head during pregame introductions at the All-Star Game. "I think the upgrade is pretty significant".

The Phillies, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, "are expected to have those talks [extention talks] at some point" with Realmuto.

"We did not have to trade J.T.", president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

Putting Alfaro in the deal made sense, and demanding Sanchez fits with Miami's timescale to try and contend. Stewart is an intriguing pitcher after his solid 2018. 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. If anything, Marlins Park should help him keep more balls in the park, as it ranked dead-last in HR Park factor for right-handed batters and 53rd for left-handed batters. Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home.

"We're talking about the best catcher in all of baseball, so of course he was popular", Hill said. I agree with Tony's projection of ACE ceiling and 3 starter floor which makes him close to a can't miss prospect and Sixto's future park is much more favorable to pitchers than his last future destination.

"I think it's a good idea to date the person before you ask to marry them", Klentak said.

Along with Alfaro, the Phillies gave up 20-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, and left-hander Will Stewart.

Per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, Sanchez suffered a setback with soreness in his collarbone and was held out of the Arizona Fall League.

For his career, Realmuto's 59 moonshots, 243 runs batted in, and.279 don't match up with his recent career year at the plate.

Harper, in particular, appears to be a Realmuto fan. "This is another acquisition that demonstrates our commitment to winning - and will be attractive to other free agents".

The Marlins had been talking for months with other numerous teams about a Realmuto trade before deciding to send him to their NL East rivals.

Latest News