Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

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

The Phillies have traded for the top-rated catcher in baseball, making a deal with the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto.

Sanchez, 20, is the Phillies' top pitching prospect and MLB Pipeline's No. 7 RHP prospect.

In October, J.T. Realmuto's agent predicted the Miami Marlins' All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training.

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.

The reason for that is that the Marlins asking price has been extremely high, mainly because they are unhappy with the returns they got for the other stars they traded a year ago like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. They led their division with the second-best record in the NL one week into August, then went 16-33 over the final 49 games and finished with a losing record (80-82) for the sixth consecutive season.

The Marlins were engaged in trade discussions with multiple teams for most of the offseason before completing the deal.

"He throws 100 miles per hour", said Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations.




Sanchez in 48 games over four seasons in the minors is 15-12 with a 2.48 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 221 1/3 innings. He's expected to start this year in Double-A, and Stewart will begin in Single-A.

Realmuto, 27, qualified for his first All-Star game this past season.

Klentak also his defense and impact on the clubhouse are also a plus. Citizens Bank Ballpark has been a misunderstood yard for several years - it's good for homers, a mild tax on runs - but Realmuto gets a step forward anyway, escaping a toxic hitting environment and settling in with better teammates.

"We have heard outstanding things about J.T. and his work ethic and his makeup and his leadership and the type of teammate he is", Klentak said.

Nothing wrong with taking a shot, but teams rarely overpay under any circumstances anymore, not in free agency, not in trades. 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.

The Marlins finished last in the NL East previous year with a 63-98 record.

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