The Phillies and Marlins agreed to a trade that will send All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an global bonus slot, league sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
The Marlins view the pitching prospect as a "must" in talks with the Phillies, according to a source.
Realmuto, with only two years remaining before free agency, rejected a contract extension offer from the Marlins in October, at which point Miami entered into negotiations to trade him.
The deal could vault the Phillies into playoff contention, and they're still pursuing free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Meanwhile, the Mets "desparately wanted" Realmuto, but the Marlins' asking price was not right.
Meanwhile, both Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar showcase appetizing numbers under the age column while already representing superior options at the plate (in favor of J.T. Realmuto). They led their division with the second-best record in the NL one week into August, then went 16-33 over the final 49 games and finished with a losing record (80-82) for the sixth straight season. The Marlins, well, they're the laughingstock of baseball, years away from relevance.
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The 2018 season was Alfaro's first full year in the big leagues.
Sanchez, a Dominican with a 100-mph fastball and excellent command, has a 2.48 ERA in 48 minor league games over four seasons.
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. Last season, he appeared in 104 games behind the plate for the Phillies, hitting.262 with 10 home runs.
Klentak also his defense and impact on the clubhouse are also a plus. The last player involved in the deal is a pitcher that took some time to develop but looks to be a back half of the rotation guy or someone that could be turned into a useful pen arm.
"It's hard to acquire top players at any position, especially at the catcher position, and we knew if were going [add] J.T., we were going to have to give up some talent in return", Klentak said.
The Marlins finished last in the NL East past year with a 63-98 record.