Marlins ask for top prospect from Phillies for Realmuto

Marlins Demanding Prospect From Phillies In J.T. Realmuto Trade

MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies Acquire JT Realmuto From Marlins

"In a game where the Marlins happened to beat the Nationals in Miami, J.T. had the game winning hit-a little flare to right field-and he made like a great play in the field, threw a guy out and after the game Harper publicly said, 'If we had that guy we would have won'".

Many consider Realmuto the biggest name on the offseason trade market, and at least six teams reportedly inquired about trading for him since he rejected the Marlins' contract offer in October.

Realmuto will turn 28-years-old in the middle of spring training next month and is regarded as the top all-around catcher in the game today.

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.

The trade of Realmuto has other significance in that it represents the final "core" piece to the organization from the Jeffrey Loria-led ownership of the franchise. His trade demands were well known, and with two years left before free agency, he was at the peak of his value.

Alfaro is expected to replace Realmuto as Miami's starting catcher. He would check in periodically and said the talks with Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill didn't "heat up" until Sunday.

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A 20-year-old right-hander, Sanchez was the Phillies top prospect for the last year or so.

Realmuto, 27, became a first-time All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2018, posting a.825 OPS with 21 home runs and three stolen bases over 125 games. Losing him creates a void at the plate and defensively, while the Marlins still develop a youthful pitching staff that has many question marks heading into camp next week.

That is exactly what the Marlins needed to get.

The Marlins finished last in the NL East previous year with a 63-98 record. The trade discussion that dominated the offseason has finally ended and the Reds appear to be set for the 2019 season with Tucker Barnhart behind the plate. The Dodgers balked at a deal involving Cody Bellinger. The Padres had a rich minor league system to draw from. None were as appealing as Sanchez, as Jeff Passan of ESPN.com wrote.

Sanchez is the most well-regarded prospect in the deal, a 6-foot right-hander whose fastball sits in the high 90s and tops out over 100 miles per hour. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season previous year and showed a strong arm, but had 11 errors and 10 passed balls. Alfaro, 25, is a power-hitting, cannon-armed catcher who will join a young group in Miami. The right-hander authored a 2.51 ERA and 2.66 FIP over eight starts with High-A Clearwater previous year.

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