How the potential Realmuto deal to the Mets potentially hurts the Phillies

Phillies could lose out if Realmuto goes to New York
As the second day of the Winter Meetings opens, the big news surrounds a potential three-way deal involving the Yankees, Mets, and Marlins. Nothing is official as of yet, but reports indicate the Mets could receive catcher J.T. Realmuto while the Yankees receive Noah Syndergaard and the Marlins receive Miguel Andujar and a package of prospects.

So, how does this impact the Phillies?

Well, for one, the Phillies are believed to be one of about seven teams that have a legitimate interest in acquiring Realmuto. The organization is high on Jorge Alfaro, but Realmuto would be a clear upgrade. The 27-year-old was an All-Star last season, hitting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs.

The Phillies have the farm system to make a potential move, but sources believe the Marlins want some major league ready prospects in any exchange and that's an area of strength right now for the organization.

Also, keep in mind the Mets and new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen knew the Phillies wanted Edwin Diaz from Seattle and struck a deal with the Mariners to essentially block the Phillies from gaining a closer.

Van Wagenen knows the Phillies want Realmuto, too.

In addition to blocking the Phillies on the trade front, the Mets are a better club on paper now than compared to when the season ended.

That's not good news for the Phillies, who already have to compete with the Braves and Nationals in an ever-improving NL East.

Again, nothing is official on the Realmuto front, but if this three-way deal comes to fruition it certainly has some impacts in Philadelphia.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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