Marlins, Nationals Talk Once Again About J.T. Realmuto

DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins crosses the plate and starts to celebrate with Brian Anderson #15 after the two scored in the first inning of the of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 24, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins crosses the plate and starts to celebrate with Brian Anderson #15 after the two scored in the first inning of the of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 24, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Here we go again. After rumors of a potential trade involving the Washington Nationals acquiring Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto cooled in Spring Training, it appears both sides have begun discussions once again.

J.T. Realmuto is the Miami Marlins most valuable player and most desirable trade piece with two days remaining until the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. While the price might be steep in grabbing the All-Star, it’s possible the Nationals are once again putting their best sales pitch forward.

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"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “According to sources, the asking price remains extremely high. The Marlins covet both of Washington’s top two prospects — outfielder Victor Robles and shortstop Carter Kieboom — in whatever package is presented.”"

It’s hard to imagine the Nationals, who lost to the Marlins 5-0 on Sunday, would accept such a demand given the team is still building for its future with the possibility of losing outfielder Bryce Harper this offseason.

Realmuto may be coveted by other playoff contenders, but Washington is the only organization mentioned lately in trade discussions.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were considered a potential trade partner this offseason as well, but nothing materialized from the rumors.

"“The non-waiver Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and the Marlins remain in open talks with many clubs regarding a wide range of players,” Frisaro added."

Realmuto is having the best season of his MLB career and was named to his first All-Star Game this month. He has become the face of this franchise and one of the best catchers in the game, period.

It’s a difficult decision to make as Realmuto, whoever makes a can’t-miss trade offer, is the set-in-stone backstop for this team, with no real replacement in their minor league system.

As the Marlins pitching staff has ridden a wild roller coaster this year, having the veteran behind the dish has helped with the development of both starters and the bullpen.

There are other options for Realmuto, which include a long-term deal to be worked out this coming offseason.

The Marlins could also look to trade him after the season, with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros thought to be interested parties.

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The Nationals could also be part of this dance after the season, with other prospects being offered in return for Realmuto.