The MLB season kicks off in just over three weeks, and despite an already incredibly busy offseason, the Phillies may not yet be done adding talent. We already know about the moves Matt Klentak and Co. have already made, both to bring in talent from the outside — Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen — and to take care of their own — like when they extended Aaron Nola — but there may be one more deal yet to be done. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, who broke the Bryce Harper news and seems to have a good relationship with Harper's agent Scott Boras, the Phillies are one of the teams still in on free agent starter Dallas Keuchel. Interestingly enough, Keuchel's agent ... is one Scott Boras. And that's worth noting here for more than just the connection to Harper. Boras also represents Jake Arrieta, another former Cy Young winner the Phillies signed to a relatively short-term deal last offseason. Like Keuchel, Arrieta was … [Read more...] about With Keuchel market drying up, Phillies may not be done free agent shopping just yet
Realmuto free agent
By now, you likely know that the Phillies acquired arguably the best catcher in baseball on Thursday when they traded away top prospect Sixto Sanchez, catcher Jorge Alfaro and more to the Marlins in exchange for J.T. Realmuto.It wasn't the move that Phillies fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for — it's true, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still remain unsigned — but it's a huge deal nonetheless, one that could have a longterm impact on the organization. The soon-to-be 28-year-old All-Star certainly makes the Phillies lineup better, but at what cost? In giving away Sanchez and Alfaro, did Matt Klentak and Co. pay too big of a price for that upgrade? And what does it mean for the Phillies going forward?Here's a look at what the local and national media are saying about the Phillies a day after the trade went down.Worth the riskAs Corey points out, there's been a fair amount of debate following the Realmuto trade, most of it revolving around top prospect … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Was the J.T. Realmuto trade worth it or did the Phillies get fleeced?
The Phillies made a big splash on Thursday, acquiring All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro, top prospect Sixto Sanchez and fellow pitching prospect Will Stewart. But the Phillies are not done just yet. At least they hope not. With the two biggest free agents of the MLB offseason (Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, duh) still available with less than a week remaining before pitchers and catcher report, the Phillies are hoping to make one more, even bigger splash, before the 2019 season starts. Or, perhaps, two huge splashes, which might ultimately lead to a tsunami engulfing the city of Philadelphia. Sure, that last one seems like an impossible pipe dream, but hey, what's wrong with dreaming? After all, Gabe Kapler seems to (correctly) believe these move are an indication that the Phillies are in "win-right-now mode". When the next big move comes down is anybody's guess at this point, but whenever it does happen, we'll have … [Read more...] about Live free agency updates: Only one thing left for Phillies to do after Realmuto trade
Associated Press Published 10:07 PM EST Feb 7, 2019 Miami — In October, J.T. Realmuto’s agent predicted the Miami Marlins’ All-Star catcher would be with another team by spring training. He was right. After months of speculation over what they’d do, the Marlins traded Realmuto on Thursday to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and $250,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation. Along with Alfaro, the Phillies gave up 20-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez, their top prospect, and left-hander Will Stewart. “This is about us acquiring the best catcher in baseball,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said, “and we’re really excited about that.” Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player. His agent, Jeff Berry, predicted a trade after Realmuto informed the Marlins last fall he wouldn’t sign a long-term contract with them. … [Read more...] about Thursday’s baseball: Phillies get top catcher Realmuto from Marlins for three players
By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer Updated 2:55 pm CST, Thursday, February 7, 2019 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto follows through on two-run base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, two pitching prospects and international bonus pool allocation. The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 because the teams had not announced it. less FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto follows through on two-run base hit in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. A person ... more Photo: John Bazemore, AP … [Read more...] about J.T. Realmuto traded from Marlins to Phillies for 3 players