Cincinnati Reds: JT Realmuto is not coming to the Queen City

Cincinnati Reds: JT Realmuto is not coming to the Queen City

The Miami Marlins on Thursday traded their All-Star catcher to the division rival Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, highly regarded pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart and worldwide bonus pool money.

Jorge Alfaro is also going to the Marlins and he's been a solid catcher for the Phillies. Philadelphia was nearing the finish line in a deal with the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto - the most valuable backstop in baseball.

The Phillies on Thursday traded for "the best catcher in baseball".

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak had high praise for Realmuto after the acquisition.

Realmuto, an All-Star catcher, was the final piece of real major league value brought over from the previous regime for Jeter & Co.to trade as they tear it down before they hope to build it up. One of the prospects, 20-year-old RHP Sixto Sanchez, was Philadelphia's top-rated farmhand. He's expected to start this year in Double-A, and Stewart will begin in Single-A.

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"In Sanchez, we saw a front-of-the-rotation starter".

Realmuto, a former third-round pick, slashed.277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, an.825 OPS and a 4.8 fWAR in 2018, while playing for a Marlins team that went 63-98.

Nothing wrong with taking a shot, but teams rarely overpay under any circumstances anymore, not in free agency, not in trades. Alfaro struck out in 40 percent of his at bats last season while walking just 18 times in 377 plate appearances. 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). Casali signed a one-year contract last month with the Reds and Barnhart is under contract through 2021 with a club option for the 2022 season.

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. I think he was critical in the trade as he can step right into the catcher's spot and while there will be a drop off from Realmuto it will be manageable having a seasoned player who is capable of producing.

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