] Phillies and Marlins agreed on a deal that will send All Star catcher JT Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching outlook Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot, league sources familiar with the deal telling ESPN.
After months of half a dozen teams of 27-year-old Realmuto, Marlins finally took him to Philadelphia, which is still a likely destination for one of the two biggest frayers left on the market, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.
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Sanchez is the most well-grounded deal in the deal, a 6-foot right-handed, whose fastball sits in the high 90's and tops over 100 mph. The 20-year-old missed a majority of the 2018 season with elbow inflammation. Alfaro, 25, is a power-striking, gun-armed catcher who will attend a young group in Miami. Stewart, 21, excellent in Class A last season, goes 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 20 starts.
Philadelphia overloaded pushes by Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers to shop for Realmuto. He is Phillie's fourth major acquisition of the offseason following the signing of outfielder Andrew McCutchen and relieves David Robertson plus a deal for shortstop Jean Segura.
Considered by many in the game as the best catch in baseball, Realmuto has two years before he hits free agency. He hit .277 / .344 / .480 in 2018 with Marlins, who in the last two offseasons acted him, the last two National League MVPs – Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich – as well as outfielder Marcell Ozuna.  While the returns on outfielders' last season deals remain dubious, Miami's hope Sanchez and Alfaro can flourish into stars. Sanchez especially has incredible upside, although the list of short-handed, high-speed, short-handed starters that have succeeded in the big leagues is not long.