The San Diego Padres are still part of a pack of MLB teams that continue to show interest in Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Could the Miami Marlins send catcher J.T. Realmuto to the left coast for another National League West team? According to multiple sources, the San Diego Padres are also part of the pack of teams looking to make a deal for the All-Star catcher.
While the holidays are taking precedence over any talk of a trade, and the rumor mill has slowed a bit regarding the 27-year-old star, there is still plenty of news about teams wanting to make a deal. The Padres are the latest team to get some run about a trade offer for Miami’s biggest star and best player.
"Per larrybrownsports.com, “According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Padres and Marlins have been engaged in trade talks surrounding Realmuto. If they are able to work out a deal, San Diego could then look to move catcher Austin Hedges to acquire some pitching.”"
The Padres, 66-96 last season, are looking to climb out of the bottom of the division and have shown interest in Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber as well. Kluber was selected by the San Padres in the 4th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He and Realmuto would be part of an effort to by the organization committed to winning baseball games in 2019.
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"“Realmuto has drawn a ton of interest this offseason, but it sounds like the Marlins have probably been asking for a bit too much in return,” writes Steve DelVecchio.“The 27-year-old catcher hit .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI last season. He’s a career .279 hitter and set a personal high with a .824 OPS in 2018.”"
While the Padres are part of this scrum, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the more talked about teams in this potential trade news. Los Angeles has trade pieces the organization would want in minor league prospects and possible MLB players the team would have contractual control over. For now, Miami controls Realmuto’s contract for the 2019 and 2020 season before he can become a free agent.
The Marlins made a qualifying offer to Realmuto through arbitration. It was believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.1 million. There is no replacement on the roster for Realmuto behind the plate.