Phillies Shouldn’t Deal Sixto Sanchez For J.T. Realmuto

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Word emerged yesterday afternoon the Phillies had recently re-entered the J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes after it seemed the Marlins’ asking price was too steep earlier this winter. According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the asking price remains steep:

From Frisaro:

Along with Sanchez, the Marlins are eyeing several other Phillies prospects. It has also been speculated that catcher Jorge Alfaro could be part of the deal because Miami would need a replacement for Realmuto. However, that has not been confirmed.

Adding a player like Realmuto would be a great get for the Phillies. He is a legitimate all-star catcher that swatted 54 extra-base hits in only 531 plate appearances a season ago, and don’t overlook that he put up those numbers on a brutal team while playing half his games in front of, I don’t know, an average of 600 fans per night in a pitcher-friendly stadium. Under team control through the 2020 season, Realmuto would undoubtedly provide an upgrade from what the Phillies currently have in Jorge Alfaro. Plus, the move would FINALLY bring some action to what has been an otherwise excruciating offseason for Phillies fans as they continue to wait on the fates of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Something, anything to generate some excitement would be welcomed, but this isn’t the move.

It’s not that Sanchez should be untouchable, but I don’t view the upgrade from Alfaro to Realmuto worth the value of the Phillies’ top overall prospect. Look at it this way. At Realmuto’s peak value, he’s probably a three-win upgrade from Alfaro. Is that move, with a roster that’s not yet a viable contender sans Harper/Machado, worth punting on a 20-year-old pitcher that has elite front-end starter potential, or selling short on what such potential could fetch in return? That’s a no for me.

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7 Comments

  • Two Words February 6, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Kyle. Drabek.

    Send Sixto out. Aside from a good arm, Alfaro is not good. Too many passed balls. Too many strikeouts. Realmuto is possibly the best catcher in baseball and he’s under team control. I’m pretty sick of waiting with this team.

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  • I Know Baseball February 6, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I’d be willing to give up Sixto for Realmuto if and only if the Phillies also know they’re getting Bryce Harper. Then you go all in now. This season. Trade for Realmulto, sign a good FA starting pitcher or trade for another top-end starting pitcher and go try to win it all this year. If the team isn’t sure about being able to acquire Harper (or to a lesser extent Machado), then you hold on to Sixto.

    Alfaro stinks either way. They’ll still need a catcher down the line.

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  • Derek February 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I feel if you can’t add machado or Harper, AND get dallas k, then hold onto sixto. Realmuto is great, but if u get two of the previously mentioned guys, Alfaro is more than capable in this lineup. Even if sixto is the number 3 or 4, he’s winning 10+ games a year. More than what realmuto would win as the Phillies catcher for the season.

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  • John Ham February 6, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    If I remember correctly Dominic Brown was the 4th best prospect in minor league baseball.

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  • Bishop February 6, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Also JP Crawford was a Top 10 prospect a few years in a Row and look what happened to him. Prospects are what they are, prospects. If you have a chance to trade them for a legit all star player, you do it. Besides, Sixto is the pitcher version of Quinn. With that being said, I doubt the Phillies do it unless they knew they were getting one of Harper or Machado.

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  • James February 6, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Fuck no, top prospect arm for a mediocre catcher. Realmuto is overrated.

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  • Rich S. February 7, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I think it’s an Excellent move, Sixto got hurt last year and couldn’t even pitch in AZ. Fall League, Alfaro left a lot of runners on base last year and couldn’t even advance them because he strikes out so much!! JT could possibly hit 300 this year, can bat in the top of the line-up, makes good contact maybe 30 HR;s in CBP, Steals bases plays 1b and would be good when DH comes to NL 2020!

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