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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Articles tagged: JT Realmuto

Report: Dodgers unwilling to include Cody Bellinger in JT Realmuto trade

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again looking to be active this offseason after they fell short in the World Series for the second straight year, but young outfielder Cody Bellinger is not a player they have any interest in trading.

Numerous teams have expressed interest in acquiring Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, and the Dodgers are said to be among them. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that talks have not gone very far because the Marlins are asking for Bellinger.

Based on what Heyman has heard, the Dodgers are unwilling to part with Bellinger or 24-year-old starting pitcher Walker Buehler in any trade. Other than those two, teams can feel free to inquire about any player on the roster.

Bellinger has 64 home runs and 173 RBI in his first two MLB seasons. He’s only 23, so you can understand why the Dodgers have no interest in moving him. He batted .260 while appearing in all 162 games last season and is the type of player you want to build around.

Realmuto, 27, hit .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI last season. He’s the most valuable trade asset the Marlins have this offseason, and they have traded away most of their top players in recent years. If they decided to pull the trigger on a Realmuto deal, it sounds like plenty of teams besides the Dodgers are waiting patiently.

Report: Five teams aggressively pursuing JT Realmuto

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Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto continues to attract wide interest across the league.

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, five teams are most aggressively leading the charge in Realmuto trade talks, including the widely-linked New York Mets.

Realmuto has been in trade rumors for quite some time. The Mets have been widely linked to him, but they’re clearly not the only suitor. The catcher is expected to be in high demand. The .277 hitter is coming off his first 20 home run season for the Marlins, and it looks like he’ll be playing elsewhere sooner rather than later, perhaps as soon as this offseason.

10 MLB Winter Meetings trade candidates

Yasiel Puig

The MLB Winter Meetings are just around the corner, and the expectation is that they’ll be busy. In addition to the obvious — both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are free agents who could sign during the meetings — there are also likely to be a whole host of names potentially available via trade. In the past, the Winter Meetings have been the site of some real blockbuster deals, and 2018 may be no different.

But who may move? Here are ten names who could change teams during the Winter Meetings.

10) Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

Puig remains a good player, flaws and all, but a rather expensive one. He’s also not exactly a vital piece to the Dodgers at this point — he has a lot of use, but the team has a lot of outfielders hanging around. Ultimately, there are a lot of reasons Puig makes sense as a trade chip, potentially for a bigger piece. While it’s pure speculation, there has been a lot of conjecture over how much sense a potential swap of Puig for Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer would make.

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Report: JT Realmuto rejected contract offers from Marlins

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The Miami Marlins may have traded away the last two NL MVPs, but they have interest in keeping one of their strong young players.

According to SiriusXM’s Craig Mish, the Marlins reached out to catcher JT Realmuto twice with contract extension offers. One was for 4 years and $43 million, and then other was for 5 years at $61 million with an option for a sixth year. Mish says Realmuto’s camp countered and then pulled the offer off the table.

Realmuto, 27, is under team control for two more years before he hits free agency. The catcher batted .277 with an .825 OPS. His 21 home runs, 74 runs and 74 RBIs were all career-high marks. He is among the top catchers in the game and will want to be paid accordingly when the time comes.

The Mets, Braves and Nats have all shown interest in trading for Realmuto.

Report: Mets likely to revisit JT Realmuto trade

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The New York Mets tried to trade for J.T. Realmuto last year, and it sounds like they may be about to try to make it happen once again.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Mets are expected to look into acquiring the Miami Marlins catcher once again, though he cautions they may balk at the very high asking price.

The Mets looked at Realmuto after an early-season slew of injuries, but didn’t pull the trigger as their season went off the rails after that. The Mets have been conservative in the past, but it remains to be seen if new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will chart a different path.

Braves have reportedly made ‘strong offer’ for JT Realmuto

JT Realmuto

JT Realmuto is one of the few players the Miami Marlins decided not to trade when they held a fire sale last winter, but that could change this offseason. Assuming they do part ways with Realmuto, the Atlanta Braves are among the teams who have the most interest in the star catcher.

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reported on Wednesday that the Braves have made a “strong offer” for Realmuto, but the Marlins would prefer to trade him outside of their division.

The Marlins are in a total rebuilding phase and won 63 games this season, so they probably should be worried about getting the best return for their players rather than trying to ship them outside the NL East. If the Braves end up having the best offer, that is the one Miami should take.

Realmuto put together another quality season in 2018, batting .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI. The 27-year-old set career highs in homers, RBI, slugging percentage (.484) and OPS (.824). Realmuto is a career .279 hitter.

Offensive production is tough to come by from the catcher position, so you can understand why Realmuto is such a highly-coveted player. With another NL East team having made a run at him during the season, the Marlins may need to get over their unwillingness to make a deal with a division rival.

Report: Nationals unwilling to meet asking price for JT Realmuto

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The Washington Nationals are still looking for upgrades before the trade deadline, but things don’t seem to be progressing on one of their top targets.

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals and Miami Marlins have continued to discuss catcher J.T. Realmuto, but the Nationals remain unwilling to meet Miami’s asking price.

Janes also notes that the Nationals aren’t going to rebuild on the fly, at least during the season. The fact that they’re still pursuing Realmuto would seem to be an indication that they’re not giving up on 2018. Of course, by some indications, even a Realmuto acquisition might not fix what troubles the Nationals.