It looks like the Washington Nationals are serious about acquiring Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Now, it appears the Marlins would acquire a top level prospect, should the deal get done before the 4 PM trade deadline on Tuesday.
The Miami Marlins could be a busy ballclub over the next 36 hours, making deals involving Realmuto and other players expected to be offered for minor league prospects. J.T. Realmuto could be the first chess piece traded.
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"Per Thomas Lott of The Sporting News, “The Nationals are willing to give up outfield prospect Victor Robles to acquire Marlins All-Star catcher JT Realmuto, according to a report SiriusXM radio.”"
This has been a rumor that has circulated since the beginning of Spring Training. The question has been which players would the Nationals be willing to part with. Now, it is becoming clearer Washington wants the All-Star catcher with the hope of making the playoffs.
Miami beat Washington 5-0 on Sunday at Marlins Park.
While a deal could be done between the National League East rivals, Lott wrote the question of who the Nationals would include is potentially holding up a trade.
"“According to Sirius XM though, the hold up with a trade would be who the Nationals are willing to add to the deal,” Lott added. “The report states that the Marlins may ask for Carter Kieboom who is a top 50 prospect (No. 35 according to MLB Pipeline) in baseball just like Robles (No. 5 overall).”"
Miami would want both players in the deal. The Nationals may not want to make that kind of deal.
Miami could keep Realmuto for the remainder of the season, then look to trade him after the first of the year. There is also talk he and Miami could work on a long-term deal that would keep him in South Florida as the face of the franchise.
Realmuto is eligible for arbitration in 2019 and 2020. He would become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.