Phillies acquire J.T. Realmuto, may help them land Bryce Harper, too

Ross Houston
February 8, 2019

"If that guy was on our side, it wouldn't have happened", Harper told reporters of Realmuto after the game.

"I've received so many calls and texts in the last couple of hours since the news broke of this from people who have been around Realmuto talking about how much pitchers love throwing to him", Klentak said, "how much confidence they have to throw a ball in the dirt because they know he'll block it".

The scout said his only concern with Sanchez is his health. "Electric stuff - a pitcher we think can develop and lead a championship rotation". Over his 113.2 innings, he struck out 90 batters with just 21 walks.

Alfaro, in three seasons with the Phillies, has hit.270 with 15 home runs. His trade demands were well known, and with two years left before free agency, he was at the peak of his value. While his 138:18 K:BB ratio in 377 plate appearances was hardly inspiring, he produced a solid.262/.324/.407 batting line, hitting ten homers and 16 doubles. His major drawback as a hitter is his high strikeout rate.

"We've heard nothing but outstanding things about J.T. Realmuto and his worth ethic and his makeup and his leadership, the type of teammate he is", Klentak said.

Miami reportedly received $250,000 in global bonus pool money as part of the trade, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Hill said trading Realmuto to a team within the same division was never a concern. "In any trade that we've ever made, we always focus on our return and what's best for the Miami Marlins".

The 27-year-old Realmuto was selected to his first All-Star game last season and won his first Silver Slugger award. All four National League East teams showed interest in Realmuto at some point over the past year. 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). Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home. A rebuilding project for the perennial also-rans will probably continue for several years under CEO Derek Jeter, whose group bought the franchise after the 2017 season. He will make $5.9 million in 2019, and can become a free agent after the 2020 season. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna as well as second baseman Dee Gordon were all shipped off before the start of the 2018 season.

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