Marlins catcher Realmuto heading to Phillies: report

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On the move: J.T. Realmuto is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Miami Marlins, according to a report (AFP Photo/Kazuhiro NOGI)

On the move: J.T. Realmuto is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Miami Marlins, according to a report

On the move: J.T. Realmuto is heading to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Miami Marlins, according to a report (AFP Photo/Kazuhiro NOGI)

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Philadelphia Phillies have won the race to sign Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto in a deal which sends three players in the other direction, a report said Thursday.

A report on Major League Baseball's official website said the Marlins would get catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-hander Sixto Sanchez and leftie Will Stewart in the deal.

The Marlins would also receive $250,000 in international bonus slot money as part of the deal, which was complete pending physicals.

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Realmuto is regarded as one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball and made the All-Star team in 2018 for the first time.

The 27-year-old from Oklahoma batted .277 last season and tallied 21 home runs and 74 RBIs during the season, both career highs.

The Phillies sweetened the deal by offering Sanchez into the bargain. The 20-year-old Dominican is one of the Phillies' best pitching prospects.

Realmuto joins a Phillies team which is showing signs of improvement despite not reaching the playoffs since 2011.

The 2008 World Series champions finished 2018 with a 80-82 record after a 66-96 campaign in 2017 and a 71-91 record a year earlier.

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