Phillies acquire J.T. Realmuto for Sanchez, Alfaro

J.T. Realmuto
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By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (WIP Sportsradio) — The Phillies have acquired all-star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins for catcher Jorge Alfaro, their top prospect in RHP Sixto Sanchez, and Will Stewart, according to MLB analyst Jim Bowden. 

#Phillies #Marlins deal agreed upon. 4 players going to #Marlins including Sanchez and Alfaro in return for Realmuto.

— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) February 7, 2019

Will Stewart going to #Marlins

— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) February 7, 2019

Realmuto, 27, was named to his first all-star game last season, hitting .277/.340/.484 with 21 homers and 74 RBIs in 125 games with the Marlins. Realmuto has spent all four-plus seasons of his MLB career in Miami. 

Sanchez, 20, is the Phillies' top pitching prospect and MLB Pipeline's No. 7 RHP prospect. He was 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in Single-A Clearwater last season. 

Alfaro, 25, slashed .262/.324/.407 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 108 games last season. Alfaro showed off his strong arm as well, throwing out 21 of 80 base runners. 

#Phillies have acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, RHP Sixto Sánchez, LHP Will Stewart and international bonus pool money.Welcome to Philadelphia, @JTRealmuto!

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) February 7, 2019

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies view Realmuto as a potential enticement toward Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado.

Sources confirm: #Phillies moving toward deal for #Marlins’ Realmuto. Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez will head to MIA if trade is completed. Teams still working on third piece, working through medical reviews. On it: @Joelsherman1, @jonmorosi.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 7, 2019

Marlins reporter Joe Frisaro talked about the Realmuto-Harper connection with Joe Giglio on Wednesday's 94WIP Evening Show Hot Stove segment

"Bryce Harper loves J.T. Realmuto," Frisaro said. "The Padres, a week or so ago, were in on Realmuto and around that same time you heard that the Padres were meeting with Harper's group. At the all-star game Harper put a Nationals hat on top of Realmuto's head during the introductions. In a game where the Marlins happened to beat the Nationals in Miami, J.T. had the game winning hit — a little flare to right field — and he made like a great play in the field, threw a guy out and after the game Harper publicly said, 'If we had that guy we would have won.' "

If the Phillies can add Harper in free-agency, their projected lineup with look something like this, per Buster Olney: 

Possible Phillies' lineup if they finish the Realmuto trade, and followed up later with the signing of Bryce Harper:LF McCutchenSS SeguraRF Harper1B HoskinsC RealmutoCF Herrera3B Franco2B Hernandez

— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 7, 2019

The reaction on the trade appears mixed, with many fans and media believing the Phillies gave up way too much for Realmuto.