Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: Braves jump back into J.T. Realmuto talks
By David Levin
He After it appeared the team was done trying to work out a deal, the Atlanta Braves have re-entered trade discussion for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Here we go again. After seemingly out of the discussion to acquire Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Atlanta Braves have once again jumped back into trade talks. Mathew Browning of Tomahawk Take wrote about the possibility of an inter-division trade.
Craig Mish of Sirius XM still believes the Braves are the frontrunners to land Realmuto, who has held true to his desire to move on from the ball club. The organization, looking to maximize as much in return for their All-Star player, have asked for what many teams believe is over-market value.
It’s a story that continues to remain the central focus of Miami’s offseason when the team still has plenty of other needs to fill on its roster.
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"Per Browning, “It has been reported recently that the Marlins want a big-league player like Ozzie Albies as the headlining player in a deal, as well as high-end prospects, too.”"
There has been discussion since last year a trade involving a combination of Austin Riley, Ian Anderson, Mike Soroka or Sean Newcomb might be enough to get a deal done. So far, the Braves have not made an offer to Miami’s liking. And as the days toward Spring Training get shorter, there is less of a chance for a trade to get done.
The idea of Realmuto showing up in Jupiter, Florida for Marlins camp has become more of a reality.
The one team that appears to have removed itself from trade talks is the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is surprising given the minor league prospects the organization can offer. There has also been talk that Miami wants Cody Bellinger as part of the deal, but Los Angeles is not willing to part with their young outfielder/first baseman.
Three days ago, Alan Carpenter of Tomahawk Take wrote the Braves were making centerfield prospect Cristian Pache available for a possible trade. If he were part of a deal, which the Miami front office has also asked for Major League players with controllable contracts, would it be enough to finalize something soon?
Realmuto was by far the team’s best player last season, hitting 21 home runs, drove in 74 runs, while slashing .277/.340/.484. He is regarded as one of the best all-around catchers in the game today. Trading him now would allow the Marlins to get the most in return on their investment.