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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