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Friday, July 10, 2020

Report: Mets interested in JT Realmuto to fill catching void

JT Realmuto

The New York Mets are dealing with an injury-induced catcher crisis, and could be forced into making a big trade to fix it.

Regular starter Travis d’Arnaud needs Tommy John surgery, while his backup, Kevin Plawecki, just landed on the disabled list with a broken hand. That has left the Mets in a very difficult spot.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have reached out to the Miami Marlins regarding the availability of their catcher J.T. Realmuto.

As Puma alludes to, this would not be a minor deal. Realmuto is a career .280 hitter with enough power to hit 15 to 20 home runs. He reportedly told the Marlins he wanted out during their offseason firesale, but nothing obviously came of it — likely because it will take a major prospect package to pry him away from Miami.

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