After taking a “wait and see” approach this offseason, the Miami Marlins now appear ready to trade catcher J.T. Realmuto.
It amazes me how Major League Baseball rumors stop and start on a dime and then pick up steam once again. After stating they were in no rush to get a deal done for catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Miami Marlins now appear ready to make things happen, potentially before the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas come to an end.
Per Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport, Buster Olney of ESPN.com and other sources, have reported recently the news of a blockbuster trade that would send Realmuto to the New York Mets and a Noah Syndergaard to the New York Yankees starting to pick up some traction and a potential three-way deal could be made by the end of the week.
The Marlins have been in control of Realmuto’s future, having him under contract for the next two seasons. It now looks like the team wants Major League talent and potential prospects for the future.
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Michael Hill, president of baseball operations, may want to see this end sooner rather than later so the franchise can focus on other needs which would then include a replacement behind the dish as well as relief help and depth on the bench and a starting first baseman.
It is believed the Mets are one of three teams still in the mix to obtain Realmuto’s services. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported on his Twitter account on Monday night that the other two teams still hoping to get Realmuto are not known publically.
Whatever happens this week, like last year around this time, the Marlins will be in the thick of headline news, moving yet another big name to acquire talent for the future.
A name that has surfaced as potentially being part of the deal is Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar, who is one of the biggest young names in the Majors and could certainly become a cornerstone player the team can build around for the future.
Acquiring him would also create some buzz as the team has Brian Anderson, who could move from third base to right field, where he split time last season.
It was by far Realmuto’s best season in the Big Leagues, his first as an All-Star selection and first Silver Slugger award. He hit .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs, 30 doubles, and 74 RBI.