He set career highs last season in home runs (21), RBI (74) and slugging (.484) en route to his first MLB All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger Award. The concept of restocking a bare cupboard is unfamiliar to this franchise which has smartly used free agency at key moments to find its way to a pair of World Series victories.
The Phillies have been actively pursuing top talent in the offseason, and are considered to be in the market for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, both of whom remain unsigned. "I think the upgrade is pretty significant". Alfaro struck out in 40 percent of his at bats last season while walking just 18 times in 377 plate appearances.
Were the Cincinnati Reds ever a serious destination for J.T. Realmuto? 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. I agree with Tony's projection of ACE ceiling and 3 starter floor which makes him close to a can't miss prospect and Sixto's future park is much more favorable to pitchers than his last future destination. According to multiple reports, the Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. "We have every reason to believe he is exactly the type of player that we want representing the Philadelphia Phillies". Elbow and collarbone injuries limited his workload and kept him out of Arizona Fall League.
Realmuto voiced his displeasure for Jeter's dismantling of the team, where he asked to be traded before Spring Training last season.
The 25-year-old Alfaro played 108 games last season - he played a combined 35 in his first two stints in the bigs - and slashed.262/.324./407 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs.More news: Frank Robinson, first African-American MLB manager, dies at 83
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Sanchez has struck out 191 batters while walking only 43 in 221 minor-league innings.
"This is about us acquiring the best catcher in baseball", Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said, "and we're really excited about that". "We do like Jorge a lot and think he has a great career ahead of him".
In the proposed deal, Realmuto would have headed to the Mets, who would have shipped star pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees.
And to give Phillies fans even more to dream about. "This is another acquisition that demonstrates our commitment to winning - and will be attractive to other free agents".
In the end, it was the Marlins who stood firm in their desires in a trade, What started out with as many as 12 teams looking to play "Let's Make A Deal" the demand of Major League Baseball players prospects appeared to be too high for one player.