Day: February 7, 2019

  • Phillies acquire All-Star catcher The Phillies have acquired All-Star catcher JT Realmuto, sending catcher Jorge Alfaro, top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, left-handed pitching prospect Will Stewart and international slot money to Miami, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who reported the finalized deal. With an already stellar off-season, the addition of Realmuto makes the Phillies’ offer to Bryce Harper more appealing now than ever. Realmuto is a stud Let’s focus on just how important Realmuto will be for the Phillies. First, the Phillies will have him under contract for two more seasons and will surely value him enough to extend his contract past 2020. At only 27, Realmuto has improved every single season since his arrival in the majors in 2014. Since being the Marlins’ everyday catcher in 2015, he has averaged 132 games played, improved his home run and RBI totals in each season (with career highs of 21 and 74 in 2018) and earned his first All-Star nod and Silver Slugger award last season. Many regard Realmuto as being a top-five catcher in all of Major League Baseball, as the newest Phillie is coming into his own, both offensively and behind the plate. In 2017, Realmuto ranked third among all catchers in the majors with an OPS of .783 and finished second in runs scored with 68. In addition, Realmuto was second in total hits with 148 in 141 games played. Last season, Realmuto finished tops in average, hits and OPS, with a .826 clip. He also finished last season third in the majors among catchers in RBIs and fourth in home runs, while only appearing in 125 games with the Marlins. These stats are even more impressive due to the fact that Marlins Park is not hitter-friendly. In addition, Realmuto was without protection in the Marlins’ lineup, playing without...
  • While we were fresh off the disappointing loss to Toronto, Elton Brand was going to work. Just before midnight struck, the Sixers struck a deal to bring near all-star forward Tobias Harris to Philly. The Sixers also received Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. In exchange, the Clippers added Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. LA also got Miami’s 2021 unprotected first round pick, Philly’s 2020 lottery protected first round pick, along with two Pistons’ second rounders in the deal. There are lots of moving parts to this deal, so let’s break it down piece by piece. What does Harris add to the team? The most important thing to take away from this move is what it does to the starting lineup. The Sixers being able to throw out Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid on the court to start and end the game gives them what I believe to be the best starting five in the east, and the second-best in basketball. The Sixers have been desperately missing a stretch-4 that had switch-ability on defense all season. In Harris, they add a 6’8″ forward shooting .43 percent from downtown and a consistent contributor on the defensive end. All this on a team that relied on him to produce much more. Playing alongside the Sixers already talented roster will allow him to be able to focus more of his energy on creating for his teammates and competing defensively. Harris’s numbers likely would have been enough to land him in the all-star game if he were in the East. He put up 21 points, eight rebounds, and three assists per game in LA. These are certainly impressive stats. For him to now essentially be the Sixers’ fifth scoring option is incredible. Make no mistake. This starting...