Klentak: Phillies Remain in Free-Agent Market Despite Trading for Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto as a Phillie is tempting but the price is too high | Extra Innings

Realmuto was widely seen as the best player available on the trade market, and is coming off his first All-Star Game appearance in the 2018 season.

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

Seemingly not finding the right deal for them, the Marlins finally pulled the trigger when the Phillies offered catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and a reported $250,000 in worldwide spending bonus money.

Realmuto was a first-time All-Star in his fourth season a year ago.

The Phillies' winter began with Middleton, their owner, telling USA Today he may be "a little bit stupid" with his free agent spending this winter, and it ended - well, there's a good chance it hasn't ended at all.

If they both struggle as they did in 2018, then the team can always make an in-season trade, or perhaps one of their top catching prospects, Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith, will be Major League ready sooner than expected.

The move also means the Marlins can look to add a veteran arm in the bullpen and potentially another veteran for bench depth.

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The J.T. Realmuto trade saga finally is over.

Derek Jeter's destruction of the Marlins is almost finished.

Pitcher Sixto Sanchez, catcher Jorge Alfaro and left-hander Will Stewart will be heading to Miami along with global slot money. From the Mets, either outfielder Michael Conforto or shortstop Amed Rosario, plus a top shortstop prospect. He and the front office met before Spring Training, discussing options for the upcoming season, asking him to buy into the new plan for the organization.

What happens now is the Marlins head to Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida minus one of their leaders and the need for someone else to assume the role of power hitter/clutch performer.

Yelich, last year's NL MVP, fetched a decent haul. While he has not pitched above the High-A minors, the Dominican right-hander is just 20. Who knows, maybe after the Realmuto acquisition, Harper will want to join him at the press conference table donning Phillies red. None were as appealing as Sanchez, as Jeff Passan of ESPN.com wrote.

Here's the issue: Sanchez experienced elbow inflammation parts of the last two seasons and was forced to skip the Arizona Fall League after soreness in his collarbone set in. He was 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in Single-A Clearwater last season. 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.

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