It's been a whirlwind offseason thus far for the Philadelphia Phillies, and their recent acquisition of top-tier catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins is one of many good reasons to get excited for the 2019 season.
The Phillies won't necessarily have a cakewalk to the division title. The NL East features the rising Atlanta Braves and a Washington Nationals team looking to avenge a wasted season. But optimism should be the name of the game.
The J.T. Realmuto sweepstakes are OVER.@Phillies reportedly acquire the All-Star catcher from the @Marlins for Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and international bonus slot. https://t.co/XkOlyGJhBa pic.twitter.com/75kicCpCS4— MLB (@MLB) February 7, 2019
As baseball season fast approaches, here's a glance at what the Phillies' Opening Day lineup might look like:
- Jean Segura, SS
- Odubel Herrera, LF
- J.T. Realmuto, C
- Rhys Hoskins, 1B
- Andrew McCutchen, RF
- Maikel Franco, 3B
- Cesar Hernandez, 2B
- Jake Arrieta, P
- Roman Quinn, CF
Obviously, there's still a decent chance that the Phillies add free agent superstar Bryce Harper. Him and his .900 career OPS would settle in nicely with the likes of Hoskins, Realmuto, and Segura.
The Phillies have already addressed one of their major weaknesses with the addition of Realmuto at catcher. If Harper were to sign in Philly, McCutchen could slide into center field to make room for Bryce in right, thus taking Roman Quinn out of the lineup and replacing him with a former NL MVP.
JT Realmuto lead all MLB catchers in total bases and no one had more extra base hits. His war is highest among catchers and highest since Buster Posey https://t.co/A89j4XALOu— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 7, 2019
The sky's the limit for this Phillies team if they play their cards right.
With a deadly one-two rotation punch of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, and a lineup that could still add Bryce Harper into the mix, the Phillies have a real shot at taking the NL East crown in 2019.