Some Phillies fans may be impress by the acquisition of a .250 hitter on the downside of his career to play left field or a shortstop who will playing for his fifth MLB team in the last five years but I am not!
But, I am impressed that the Phillies might acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins. He is the best younger catcher in baseball. If they can get him, the Phils would control his contract for the next two years before he can become a free agent. Read HERE and HERE.
They would get a top-of-the-line position player in Realmuto. Giving up Sixto Sanchez and catcher Jorge Alfaro would be a small price to play for two years of Realmuto. The Phillies have long term depth at both the catching and starting pitcher spots.
As anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about the depth of the Phillies minor league pitching. My favorite is Mauricio Ll0vera who went 6-0 down the stretch over his last nine starts for the Clearwater Threshers averaging better than a strikeout an inning.
The Phillies are loaded with strong young catching prospects led by Rodolfo Duran and Mitch Edwards. They should be near MLB ready once the Realmuto control ends.
In the six SAL playoff games back in September for Lakewood, Duran caught a no-hitter, hit three homers and threw out runners in 4 of 6 base stealing attempts. All Edwards did was hit .321 to lead all catchers in batting average in the recently concluded Australian Baseball League season.
Make the Realmuto deal happen and get the Phillies spring training started off in a positive direction! And they just did it!
Edited to Add: 2:45 p.m. According to Jim Salisbury of nbcsports.com, it’s a “done deal” with Sanchez, Alfaro and LHP Will Stewart along with international cap money going to the Marlins for Realmuto.