As more teams surface as potential trade partners for Marlins catcher T.J. Realmuto, Miami’s front office can just sit back and wait for the best offer.
It seems as though the trade talk for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto continues to linger and the number of teams on the “list” continues to grow daily. That’s OK if you are the Marlins, who can take their time making the right decision for the organization. This is no quick fix for either side as Realmuto wants out of Miami, but the team controls his contract the next two seasons.
Miami does not want to get caught in a situation where it cannot get the best possible offer of players/and or prospects in return. As Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported on his Twitter account, the Cincinnati Reds have now joined the party. Also, several reports over the course of the past week have at least 12 teams interested in Realmuto, who is regarded as the best catcher out there on the market.
With Miami’s willingness to wait and see what unfolds, the likelihood of a deal being finalized with any team at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas this week is slim.
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When the news broke the New York Mets and New York Yankees may be willing to deal with the Marlins – which rumors swirling that Noah Syndergaard would go to the Bronx, Realmuto would play for the Mets and Miami would get Miguel Andujar as the principal players in the three-way dance – fans of all three teams took to social media to find out the latest.
Nothing has happened so far on any movement from either team.
Many baseball writers and analysts think this is a deal that has very little chance of getting done, but it would benefit all three organizations.
Yes, it also appears that the Atlanta Braves are still in the thick of trade talk, despite signing Brian McCann last week. As Craig Mish of Sirus XM tweeted, don’t read a lot into the deal Atlanta made last week, that Realmuto remains at the top of their wish list.
Austin Riley, like Andujar, plays third base, which creates some more options/decisions to be made by Miami’s brass. Do they seek a trade involving Martin Prado? Does Brian Anderson move back to right field? Would this also lead to the team trying to sign Carlos Santana, who can play first base and add power in the middle of the batting order?
The one thing the team will still need to address when Realmuto is traded will be who replaced him and his bat? Can the team find someone in free agency or via trade that can give this organization at least some of the home runs and RBI lost by the best all-around catcher in the business today?