Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins asked the New York Yankees about Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar when shopping J.T. Realmuto.
If Giancarlo Stanton represented the Miami Marlins poor effort by way of reasonable return on value, catcher J.T. Realmuto symbolizes the exact opposite.
All hot stove season, the entire world knew the NL All-Star catcher wasn’t long for South Beach. Several teams, including the New York Mets, were reportedly interested in his services.
Derek Jeter and his boys just wouldn’t relent. That was, until, on Thursday when Miami sent Realmuto the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot.
The observation of the return on value remains mixed.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, when the Yankees inquired, the Marlins were tough customers, asking about Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 7, 2019
“An idea of how far #Marlins went in this process: when #Yankees earlier this offseason were trying to get Realmuto to spin to #Mets for Syndergaard, Mia requested Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.”
Realmuto, 27, qualified for his first All-Star game this past season. He smashed 21 home runs to go along with 74 runs batted in and a .277 average.
For his career, Realmuto’s 59 moonshots, 243 runs batted in, and .279 don’t match up with his recent career year at the plate. He still, however, remains a plus defensive catcher with excellent speed for the position (12 stolen bases in 2016).
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).