He'll now play 81 games a season at Citizens Bank Park, one of the league's more hitter-friendly stadiums, as opposed to Marlins Park, which, well, isn't. Realmuto over his career has a.848 slugging percentage on the road and.678 at home.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers are done making moves this offseason now that they couldn't land Realmuto, or if the front office still feels the club needs to make other upgrades, perhaps shifting their focus to free agents like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. He smashed 21 home runs to go along with 74 runs batted in and a.277 average. The Phils are in on both of those mega free agents.
"I think it's a good idea to date the person before you ask to marry them", Klentak said.
Realmuto, an All-Star catcher, was the final piece of real major league value brought over from the previous regime for Jeter & Co.to trade as they tear it down before they hope to build it up.
The Marlins view the pitching prospect as a "must" in talks with the Phillies, according to a source.
Less than a week from the opening of the first spring training camps across Arizona and Florida, one of the major remaining personnel matters of the winter - the sort that had been prominently rumored for weeks going on months - was finally consummated.
Sanchez in 48 games over four seasons in the minors is 15-12 with a 2.48 ERA with 191 strikeouts in 221 1/3 innings. But he also struck out 138 times in 377 at-bats.
Berry made another bold declaration late in 2018 - whether the Marlins traded Realmuto or not, the Silver Slugger Award victor had no intention of signing an extension to remain with the Marlins past the 2020 season, when he can become eligible for free-agency. But it was only within the past week that the Phillies resurfaced, swooping in to acquire the much-coveted catcher. "Just his presence behind the plate - I think those are the types of things that can really help a pitching staff take a step forward". As Washington struggled in what would be a fruitless playoff chase, a frustrated Harper publicly called for a Realmuto addition after the catcher hit a game-winning single against Washington on July 28.
The reason for that is that the Marlins asking price has been extremely high, mainly because they are unhappy with the returns they got for the other stars they traded a year ago like Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.