Great catch: Phillies get J.T. Realmuto in trade with Marlins

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The Phillies and Marlins agreed to a trade that will send All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an worldwide bonus slot, league sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. By the skin of his teeth, Berry was right, as the Philadelphia Phillies acquired his client on February 7, five days before Marlins pitchers and catchers were due to report to Jupiter, Florida for Spring Training.

An offseason after trading the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton, the Brewers Christian Yelich and the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna, Jeter has sent the Phillies J.T. Realmuto, which would not hurt Philadelphia's Bryce Harper pursuit.

He joins outfielder Andrew McCutchen, relief pitcher David Robertson, and shortstop Jean Segura as major additions to the Philadelphia roster this offseason. He hit.277 and set career highs with 21 homers, 74 RBIs and an OPS of.825. All four National League East teams showed interest in Realmuto at some point over the a year ago. After a long offseason of talks, it appears the Marlins have finally made a trade.

"We did not have to trade JT", Marlines president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters.

Sanchez is thought to be the Marlins' prized acquisition in the Realmuto trade. "But our goal is to build a long-term sustainable championship organization".

"We're talking about the best catcher in all of baseball, so of course he was popular", Hill said.

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Sanchez, a hard-throwing 20-year-old Dominican right-hander is considered a top prospect. As I wrote in the latest edition of Phillies Nuggets, Realmuto, already the best offensive catcher in the sport, could actually get even better with his move out of Miami.

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

Realmuto was a first-time All-Star in his fourth season a year ago.

Realmuto was in his second season of arbitration eligibility this winter. He is due to make $5.9 million this coming season, money the Marlins might now apply toward acquiring more players.

Shortly before the trade was completed, the attendance-challenged Marlins announced a reduction in ticket prices, with seats available this season for as little as $10. They haven't had a winning season since 2009 and haven't been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 2003.

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