Realmuto, who turns 28 in March, had been with the Marlins longer than any other current player. Lewis Brinson was a top-20 overall prospect heading into 2018 and Monte Harrison was ranked as high as #49 by Baseball America.
"In Sanchez, we saw a front-of-the-rotation starter". He's expected to start this year in Double-A, and Stewart will begin in Single-A.
"I think we've improved pretty significantly", said Klentak, who hopes these additions lead to an even bigger improvement.
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. All four National League East teams showed interest in Realmuto at some point over the a year ago.
Meanwhile, both Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar showcase appetizing numbers under the age column while already representing superior options at the plate (in favor of J.T. Realmuto).
In the end, it was the Marlins who stood firm in their desires in a trade, What started out with as many as 12 teams looking to play "Let's Make A Deal" the demand of Major League Baseball players prospects appeared to be too high for one player. But that means, as free agency heads into the second week of February, there are still plenty of free agent and trade rumors buzzing around.
The Marlins also received $250,000 in bonus pool money that they can use to sign worldwide players.
"From our standpoint, that didn't play into the equation at all", Hill said.
Miami made Sanchez a necessity for a deal to get done. Alfaro hit.262 with 10 home runs in 108 games last season.
Realmuto has a career.279 batting average, 59 home runs and 243 RBI.
Here's the issue: Sanchez experienced elbow inflammation parts of the last two seasons and was forced to skip the Arizona Fall League after soreness in his collarbone set in.
The Phillies remain confident that they will land one of the big free agents this season and they made their intent clear about being ready to spend "stupid" money when they met the Marlins' demands when so many other teams were unwilling. A rebuilding project for the perennial also-rans will probably continue for several years under CEO Derek Jeter, whose group bought the franchise after the 2017 season.
Needless to say, after seeing the All-Star trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna unceremoniously disposed of with little to speak of in return, Marlins fans (yes, a few of us actually exist) were a little non-plussed.