Would the Miami Marlins make a deal with the Los Angeles Dodger for catcher J.T. Realmuto that includes slugger Yasiel Puig?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have to find a starting catcher and the Miami Marlins have fielded trade offers for their starter, J.T. Realmuto. This could be the match both teams need to move forward, should the Dodgers be willing to part with minor league prospects and potentially a Major Leaguer player.
A story by Zachary D, Rymer on Bleacher Report a week ago suggests the Marlins should make the deal and should ask for Yasiel Puig as part of the package to bring the All-Star catcher to the west coast. Puig would immediately solve the Marlins lack of power issue in the middle of the lineup and could play first base, a position that remains open as of now.
"“There had been uncertainty as to whether the Marlins would trade their star catcher this winter. That changed Oct. 30 when CAA agent Jeff Berry effectively demanded a trade on MLB Network Radio, saying that his client would not be signing an extension to stay in Miami beyond 2020,” Rymer wrote."
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The Dodgers are just one of a handful of teams that have been rumored to have contacted Miami about Realmuto’s services.
As I touched on the potential of a trade with the Dodgers here on Marlin Maniac a week ago, Los Angeles has the kind of top prospects this front office might seek in a deal, should they make one. The team may also seek Cody Bellinger, who could also fill in the first base opening.
The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros are also said to be in the mix with other teams inquiring but not mentioned at the moment. Another team I still think jumps into the trade pool is the New York Mets. The New York Yankees have been rumored as a potential trade partner since last season in a deal involving Gary Sanchez.
A deal for Puig would also involve other layers and players to be brought across the country to the National League East.
"“Dealing him in a one-for-one for Realmuto wouldn’t work. Puig, who’s also 27, has one year to go until free agency compared to Realmuto’s two. And at this point, Realmuto is the better player,” Rymer wrote.“But as long as the Marlins also get a pitcher and/or a catcher in the deal, they could justify taking Puig as the deal’s de facto centerpiece.”"