Marlins Deal All-Star Catcher J.T. Realmuto to Phillies

J.T. Realmuto. Photo by Manny Flores/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Miami Marlins continue to tear down their roster with another big-time trade, sending their All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia Phillies. Marlins received a nice package in return, comprised of catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospect duo Will Stewart and Sixto Sanchez, and an international bonus slot.

“This is about us acquiring the best catcher in baseball, and we’re really excited about that,” – said Phillies general manager Matt Klentak.

“I think the upgrade is pretty significant,” – he added. “It’s hard to acquire top players at any position, especially at the catcher position.”

Marlins were trying to move J.T. Realmuto for the past few months and had serious talks with multiple teams including Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves. Still, Philadelphia ended up being the most serious suitor for the services of the 27-year-old catcher and managed to present the best offer.

“We did not have to trade J.T.,” – said Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill about the trade. “But our goal is to build a long-term sustainable championship organization.”

J.T. Realmuto spent his entire career with the Miami Marlins, having made his MLB debut for the team in 2014. He batted .277 in 2018 while having career-high 21 home runs and 74 RBI.