Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for 3 players

"I think J.T. Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball", Klentak told Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. You've also got the teams that missed out on Realmuto - the Reds, Dodgers, Padres, and Braves among them - having to readjust and make other arrangements.

The Phillies have shown interest in Realmuto, who demanded a trade from the organization after the 2018 season, since July of a year ago. Still, the team is confident he would be ready for spring training.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies view Realmuto as a potential enticement towards Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado.

"Ultimately, as the talks intensified with Philadelphia, we saw the opportunity to turn two years of control in J.T. into over 17 years of control when we think about the five years of Jorge Alfaro, the two front-line starters in Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart", Hill said.

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. While Realmuto's situation with the Marlins may not have handcuffed the free agent market, it could have affected it, seeing where one of the best catchers in the game today landed.

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

Thursday's deal netted the Marlins a catcher - Alfaro - to replace Realmuto and a prized pitching prospect in Sanchez who has been compared on occasion to Pedro Martinez.

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

That left the front office in a predicament with Realmuto.

Last season, Realmuto hit.277 with a career-high 74 RBIs and 21 home runs.

He was by far the team's most valuable asset and the most marketable face. The trade discussion that dominated the offseason has finally ended and the Reds appear to be set for the 2019 season with Tucker Barnhart behind the plate.

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

Sanchez is the most well-regarded prospect in the deal, a 6-foot right-hander whose fastball sits in the high 90s and tops out over 100 miles per hour.

The 2018 season was Alfaro's first full year in the big leagues. Alfaro, 25, is a power-hitting, cannon-armed catcher who will join a young group in Miami.

Stewart really blossomed as a prospect this past year, as the former 20th round draft pick posted an 8-1 record, along with a 2.06 ERA and a.0977 WHiP in the South Atlantic League.