On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international bonus pool money and three players: catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart.
To help make better sense of the trade, we decided to ask prospect expert Christopher Crawford for his thoughts on the Marlins' package. You can follow Crawford on Twitter by clicking here, and you can read his work on Rotoworld. In the past, Crawford has wrote for Baseball Prospectus and ESPN, among other places.
Let's get to it.
Did the Marlins get fair value for Realmuto?
I think so. If you're going to deal someone as good and inexpensive as Realmuto, you better get some upside and floor, and I think the Marlins accomplished that. I think expectations were set a bit high based on the prospects the Marlins were asking for, but It's tough to imagine that they could get much more than this. That's not to say that the Phillies overpaid -- on the contrary -- but I think both teams come out well.
How does Alfaro stack up to Realmuto?
Alfaro was an upper-echelon catching prospect for a while, but it's fair to say that the flaws in his game are going to keep him from ever being one of the best at his position. He can still help, however; there's plus power, he has a cannon for an arm, and he makes a decent amount of hard contact. He just doesn't have the approach at the plate necessary to take that next step. As long as he stays behind the plate, he should be a solid starter. If the discipline ever came, it could be more, but it's tough to project it now.