While the number of teams looking to obtain Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto increases by the day, the All-Star added the Silver Slugger award to his ever-growing portfolio.
J.T. Realmuto was named the National League Silver Slugger award for the catcher position. Amid trade rumors that continue to gain momentum, the Miami Marlins top player is showing his importance to the MLB stars who are playing exhibition games in Japan.
"Per Ed Eagle of MLB.com on Thursday, “Four MLB stars had multi-hit games, including Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who clubbed a solo home run in the fifth inning of a 9-6 win. The Major Leaguers used a five-run third inning, highlighted by Nationals outfielder Juan Soto’s RBI double off the Tokyo Dome roof, to take a commanding six-run lead, then never looked back.”"
The Silver Slugger Award is annually handed out to the best hitter at each position in both leagues. Realmuto’s season, although abbreviated by injury was one more reason why he is the most valuable player on the Marlins roster.
"“A much-discussed trade candidate of late, Realmuto led all qualifying catchers with his career-best .825 OPS while hitting 21 homers, 30 doubles, and three triples,” Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com wrote."
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Realmuto’s “legend” continues to grow just a week after he announced through his agent he would not seek a long-term deal to remain in Miami and wanted to plat elsewhere in 2019. The news of his desire to leave South Florida could lead to an impasse with the organization, which still believes it can work out a deal to keep Realmuto in Miami longer than the two years remaining with the Marlins. Miami controls his contract through 2020.
Should the Marlins decide to trade him, it would appear there are looking for more than one player, potentially another top-end pitching prospect and position player, as Craig Mish explained.
Realmuto was the subject of trade talks once the Marlins began breaking up the nucleus of the team after the 2017 season. With core players, including Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Christian Yelich all leaving the organization, Realmuto voiced his anger over front office decisions and demanded to be traded.
The Atlanta Braves appear to be the team that has stepped forward and made the most noise about looking to obtain his services. Other teams, including the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, have all been rumored to be part of the group of teams that have contacted the Marlins about a deal.
As Joe Frisaro wrote on his Twitter account, 8-10 teams have already reached out to Miami about Realmuto since his announcement.