The Phillies have acquired catcher J. T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in a trade this afternoon, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Phillies will reportedly give up catcher Jorge Alfaro and prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, along with international slot money in exchange for Realmuto.
Despite his shortcomings, Alfaro showed lots of promise in regards to his throwing and power hitting abilities in his first full season with the Phillies in 2018. Stewart is a left-handed pitching prospect who had a 2.06 ERA in Single-A last season. The most valuable piece the Phillies gave up was 20-year-old pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. Though he has battled arm issues, Sanchez has frequently been listed as the Phillies’ top prospect.
The newest Phillie coming in, Realmuto had an OPS of .825 with 21 home runs last season. He was an All-Star and Silver Slugger award winner as well. Many consider Realmuto to be one of the best catchers in baseball, and moving away from Marlins Park to a smaller park like Citizens Bank should only help his offensive numbers. An acquisition like J. T. Realmuto makes the Phillies a very attractive destination for players such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.