He put up a 4.8 fWAR, the best among all catchers, slashing.277/.340/.484, with 21 home runs in 125 games. So it would behoove the Phillies to try to sign him to a long-term deal this offseason, as opposed to next, when it may cost even more to secure him past the 2020 season. He hit.262 with 10 homers in his first full major league season previous year.
Sanchez, 20, is rated as MLB Pipeline's No. 27 overall prospect entering the 2019 season. He won't be eligible for free agency until 2024. The last player involved in the deal is a pitcher that took some time to develop but looks to be a back half of the rotation guy or someone that could be turned into a useful pen arm.
Miami's rebuilding project will probably continue for several years under CEO Derek Jeter, whose group bought the team after the 2017 season. Meanwhile, the Mets "desparately wanted" Realmuto, but the Marlins' asking price was not right.
Miami reportedly received $250,000 in worldwide bonus pool money as part of the trade, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. "In any trade that we've ever made, we always focus on our return and what's best for the Miami Marlins".
"He's been playing half his game in Miami", Klentak said.
Berry made another bold declaration late in 2018 - whether the Marlins traded Realmuto or not, the Silver Slugger Award victor had no intention of signing an extension to remain with the Marlins past the 2020 season, when he can become eligible for free-agency. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that two of the other organizations that had been pursuing Realmuto now believe he's destined to land with the Phils. Their 80-82 record past year - good for a third-place finish, 10 games behind the division-winning Braves - included an ugly 16-33 finish over the season's final two months.
For his career, Realmuto's 59 moonshots, 243 runs batted in, and.279 don't match up with his recent career year at the plate. He is due to make $5.9 million this coming season, money the Marlins might now apply toward acquiring more players. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna as well as second baseman Dee Gordon were all shipped off before the start of the 2018 season.