The Marlins brought back pitcher Sixto Sanchez (MLB.com's 27th-best prospect in baseball), catcher Jorge Alfaro and Single A lefty starter Will Stewart. Alfaro hit.262 with 10 home runs in 108 games last season. The two highest-paid catchers in the sport - Buster Posey and Russell Martin - could offer interesting baselines for a new Realmuto deal.
Klentak said he first inquired about Realmuto last summer and again early in the offseason.
"We're talking about the best catcher in all of baseball, so of course he was popular", Hill said. Then you add Alfaro to the mix to help bridge the gap until hopefully you can develop the "next" guy, be at Banfield or someone else, which is a huge get for a financially conscious team like the Marlins. On the road, Realmuto, has a.309/.356/.492 slash line with an.848 OPS. He'll now play 81 games a season at Citizens Bank Park, one of the league's more hitter-friendly stadiums, as opposed to Marlins Park, which, well, isn't.
Even as the Harper and Machado sweepstakes lurch into their fourth months - with numerous usual, big-money suspects (Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs) apparently taking a pass, and the void filled with some dark horses and mystery teams (Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants) - much of the industry takes it as an inevitability that the Phillies will walk away with one of them. He will make $5.9 million in 2019, and can become a free agent after the 2020 season. A potential extension hasn't come up just yet.
But Klentak might go ring shopping soon.
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.
The Phillies have already met with Machado, in Philadelphia, and with Harper, in Las Vegas, and given their resources and the opportunity they see in a wide-open division, the only questions are which player they prefer and how stupid they are willing to get to acquire him. 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.
Ended the year on the disabled list and missed the Arizona Fall League due to the injury. With spring training opening next week for teams across the majors, trade talks intensified.
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.
"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. "We do like Jorge a lot and think he has a great career ahead of him".
The Braves, Rays, Dodgers and Padres have also checked in on Realmuto and appear to still be interested, according to multiple reports.
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