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Philadelphia Phillies 2019

Phils acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto

Earlier today, the Phillies acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sanchez, left-hander Will Stewart and international bonus pool money.

Realmuto, 27, was selected to his first National League All-Star team last season and won the Silver Slugger Award. He played in 125 games (111 starts) with the Marlins and batted .277 with 30 doubles, 21 home runs, 74 RBI and an .825 OPS. He led all major league catchers in total bases (206) and his 49 extra-base hits were tied for the most (Yasmani Grandal). Defensively, he finished 2018 first in pop time at 1.90 seconds, second in catcher arm strength at 87.8 mph and sixth in caught-stealing percentage at 38 percent (minimum 30 attempts).

Per FanGraphs valuation of WAR, Realmuto led all major league catchers with 4.8 fWAR last season (next: Grandal, 3.6), which was the highest by a catcher since Buster Posey posted a 5.5 fWAR in 2015.


If he can catch the ball itís a major upgrade over last seasons catchers.

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Seems like an upgrade but Alfaro has a gun for an arm. I hope he can call a good game with a weak staff. Waugh!

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I hope they keep Alfaro for a backup and a pinch hitter...
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Alfaro was part of the trade, Ron. As Harry would say, ďHeís outta here!Ē


I wasnít crazy about Alfaro but he was a young player with a lot of promise. Weíll have to watch him develop in Miami. Here are some of his stats from 2018. Remember, the Phils brought in Wilson Ramos and Alfaro lost his starting position.


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As exciting as he can be, Alfaro faced his share of struggles behind the plate in 2018. Alfaro led the National League in errors, passed balls and stolen bases allowed. Alfaros arm mainly carries his performance catching, whereas his glovework could use some fine tuning. Despite the strongest arm, Alfaroís 0.73-second exchange was the 16th-slowest of the 36 qualified catchers.
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Locked up Nola for four years. Nice. Pieces starting to come together. Waugh!


Philadelphia Phillies, Aaron Nola agree to four-year extension

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Thatís great. All they have to do now is let him pitch more than five innings.
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Sorry to say that is the trend in baseball. Waugh!

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I was just watching NBC10 news at 5:30 pm and Jake Arrieta revealed that he tore his miniscus in June of last year. I wonder if he told anybody when it happened?

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He did but it was playable and he had surgery this past week and should be good to go. Te scope was a minor deal.



I wish we could get pass the block with one or both of the top 2 free agents. I just would like to also be in play for one more pitcher or take the closer from Boston before he returns to Atlanta. Waugh!

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I didnít remember him tearing his miniscus and having surgery. I always question how these guys keep playing after injuries and not having enough time to completely heal. Carson Wentz is a prime example.


I just checked Jakeís stats from June to Sept. of last year.....

He lost four out of five in June.

He won six in a row in July

He lost four out of five in August

He lost four out of five in September

So, the question is this, did the tear cause him a setback in August and September or was his won-loss record just a part of the teamís poor performance in August and September?

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