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

J.T. Realmuto as a Phillie is tempting but the price is too high | Extra Innings

In addition to moving to a more hitter-friendly ballpark, Realmuto figures to benefit from joining a lineup that will include Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, Odubel Herrera and potentially one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. That was part of the plan Michael Hill, president of baseball operations for the organization, spoke about at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas last month. 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.

Realmuto not only gives the Phils another bat but also a veteran behind the plate.

Teams that wanted to have extension talks were told no by the Marlins, but it's expected that Realmuto will ask for a deal that reaches Yasmani Grandal's annual salary for 2019 by the 2nd or 3rd year of any extension talks. "So there's going to be inherent risk with everyone who throws the ball". "Electric stuff - a pitcher we think can develop and lead a championship rotation".

Hill said Sanchez would start out at Double A Jacksonville while Stewart will begin at Single A Jupiter. It was the best year yet for a player who has been one of the better hitting backstops in the league for the past three seasons.

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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. Perhaps just as attractive to the Marlins: the earliest Alfaro can hit free agency is 2024.

Alfaro had a good season past year, batting.262 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. Alfaro won't be eligible for arbitration until the 2021 season and has five years of team control remaining. 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.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post cites multiple sources (Twitter link) for the proposition that the negotiations are "down to physical reviews" and the supplemental prospect pieces in the swap. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season past year and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls. He will make $5.9 million in 2019, and can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Given the nature of Derek Jeter's "plan" to build from the ground up, this could be considered a long-term success for the Marlins. During that period, the club has traded away Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich - winners of the last two NL MVP awards - and outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

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