J.T. Realmuto rescued by Philadelphia

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Plus, he isn't eligible for arbitration until next year and won't be a free agent until 2021.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak offered his immediate take on the deal.

The Phillies sent catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart to Miami.

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Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player.

If Giancarlo Stanton represented the Miami Marlins poor effort by way of reasonable return on value, catcher J.T. Realmuto symbolizes the exact opposite. He hit.277 and set career highs with 21 homers, 74 RBI and an OPS of.825. Then you add Alfaro to the mix to help bridge the gap until hopefully you can develop the "next" guy, be at Banfield or someone else, which is a huge get for a financially conscious team like the Marlins. Sherman says the outlook for the deal still looks good - indeed, Sanchez's medicals are already under review in Miami - but there's haggling left to go. 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. Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home.

The J.T. Realmuto trade - one that has been in the works for months - is finally complete.

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"We have heard outstanding things about J.T. and his work ethic and his makeup and his leadership and the type of teammate he is", Klentak said.

In this age of teardowns and tanking, with a dozen or more teams essentially sitting out this winter's high-end talent market, to have four teams with designs on a title within the same division, and to see each of them moving aggressively to achieve it, is extraordinary.

"I've received so many calls and texts in the last couple of hours since the news broke of this from people who have been around Realmuto talking about how much pitchers love throwing to him", Klentak said, "how much confidence they have to throw a ball in the dirt because they know he'll block it".

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"I think this is another acquisition for our club this offseason that demonstrates our commitment to winning, and I would hope that demonstration would be appealing to potential free agents". "Electric stuff - a pitcher we think can develop and lead a championship rotation".

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