Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Acquire JT Realmuto From Marlins

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Acquire JT Realmuto From Marlins

Maybe, but today the Miami Marlins finalized a deal to send the All-Star catcher to their division-rival, the Philadelphia Phillies. 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 catcher is under team control for two more seasons before hitting free agency after his final year of arbitration in 2020.

Realmuto voiced his displeasure for Jeter's dismantling of the team, where he asked to be traded before Spring Training last season.

But in an offseason in which the White Sox have loaded up their roster with pals of Manny Machado - including his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso - perhaps the Phillies bringing in Realmuto would put them over the top.

"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.

Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player. From the Yankees, both catcher Gary Sánchez and third baseman Miguel Andújar in a bigger deal that might have included infielder Miguel Rojas and potentially another piece along with Realmuto if the talks had gained traction.

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Sanchez, 21, was considered the No. 1 prospect in the Phillies' system and is considered the 27th-best prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Casali signed a one-year contract last month with the Reds and Barnhart is under contract through 2021 with a club option for the 2022 season. He and the front office met before Spring Training, discussing options for the upcoming season, asking him to buy into the new plan for the organization. The 27-year-old hit.277 last year, with 21 home runs and 74 runs batted in.

That is exactly what the Marlins needed to get.

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. The team added both Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson recently in low cost/high reward deals that could pan out and help this team win more than 63 games as it did a year ago.

From the Dodgers, Miami wanted first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger. The Rays had outfield prospects it could part with. The 20-year-old had 45 strikeouts in 46.2 innings at single-A in 2018, recording a 2.51 ERA in eight starts.

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