The 27-year-old catcher was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, Minor League left-hander Will Stewart and worldwide bonus pool money. Per FanGraphs, he led catchers with a 4.8 WAR, the highest by a catcher since Buster Posey's 5.5 in 2015.
The Marlins finally have traded catcher J.T. Realmuto. "So the upgrade is significant". Casali signed a one-year contract last month with the Reds and Barnhart is under contract through 2021 with a club option for the 2022 season. He's spent all five major league seasons with the Marlins, who selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. 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. Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home.
"From our standpoint, that didn't play into the equation at all", Hill said.
"We did not have to trade JT", Marlines president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters. 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.
Nothing wrong with taking a shot, but teams rarely overpay under any circumstances anymore, not in free agency, not in trades.
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The elbow inflammation that limited Sanchez's innings clearly did not bother Miami. There is no need for Sanchez to be forced into the Marlins rotation this year, as the team did with so many young pitchers last season. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats. "We do like Jorge a lot and think he has a great career ahead of him". But it was only within the past week that the Phillies resurfaced, swooping in to acquire the much-coveted catcher.
In the proposed deal, Realmuto would have headed to the Mets, who would have shipped star pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees.
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak had high praise for Realmuto after the acquisition.