Cincinnati Reds: JT Realmuto is not coming to the Queen City

Cincinnati Reds: JT Realmuto is not coming to the Queen City

If Miami were to trade the catcher to Philadelphia, starting pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez "must" be included in the deal, according to a report from, which cites unidentified league sources.

The Phillies made headlines on Thursday afternoon by acquiring highly sought after Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

An offseason after trading the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton, the Brewers Christian Yelich and the Cardinals Marcell Ozuna, Jeter has sent the Phillies J.T. Realmuto, which would not hurt Philadelphia's Bryce Harper pursuit.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak offered his immediate take on the deal. 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 were engaged in trade discussions with multiple teams for most of the offseason before completing the deal. The Marlins, well, they're the laughingstock of baseball, years away from relevance.

Sanchez in 48 games over four seasons in the minors is 15-12 with a 2.48 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 221 1/3 innings.

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"In Sanchez we saw a front-of-the-rotation starter", Hill said.

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.

Klentak also his defense and impact on the clubhouse are also a plus.

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.

"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. That could be the first year of a new deal, or the Phillies could sign Realmuto to a new deal that begins in 2019, essentially voiding his arbitration agreement with the Marlins. But that means, as free agency heads into the second week of February, there are still plenty of free agent and trade rumors buzzing around.

The Marlins finished last in the NL East a year ago with a 63-98 record.

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