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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Articles tagged: JT Realmuto

Marlins remain in trade talks about Yelich, Realmuto

Christian Yelich

The Miami Marlins have already traded three of their top players this offseason, and two more could be on the move.

The Marlins remain in active trade talks surrounding Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

The Marlins’ new ownership group is stripping down the team in an effort to slash payroll and rebuild. They got rid of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. Yelich and Realmuto are the two remaining valuable pieces of interest to other teams.

Yelich is said to be unhappy with the team’s offseason, while Realmuto reportedly has told the Marlins he wants to be traded.

Yelich is set to earn a reasonable $43 million through 2021. The 26-year-old outfielder would be highly desirable to many teams. Realmuto, also 26, is under team control the next three seasons and likely is cheap enough where the Marlins could afford him.

Report: Marlins ‘reluctant’ to trade Christian Yelich, JT Realmuto

The brakes may be on the Miami Marlins firesale.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, rivals feel the Marlins are “reluctant” to move outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto, though there is a desire to move Starlin Castro’s contract elsewhere.

Financially, the Marlins have less incentive to move Yelich and Realmuto, who are much cheaper than Castro and Giancarlo Stanton. The added issue, though, is that both players are unhappy with the direction of the franchise. That said, one has to wonder if the backlash to the Marlins’ offseason so far could factor into any trade decisions.

Report: JT Realmuto tells Marlins he wants to be traded

The Miami Marlins have been selling off their more expensive players in order to build around their young, controllable core, but what happens when some of those up-and-coming stars decide they don’t want to stick around?

Craig Mish of SiriusXM Radio reported on Monday that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has informed the Marlins he wants to be traded. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic later confirmed the report.

Realmuto, 26, is considered one of the best young catchers in baseball. He batted .278 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI last season in 141 games. The year before, Realmuto played in 137 games and batted .303.

Since he is under team control for another three seasons, the Marlins could likely demand a large haul in a trade for Realmuto. The fact that he wants out of Miami could decrease his market value slightly, but teams will still be willing to give up plenty. The Marlins have already been stock-piling prospects in trades involving Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and they should be able to land a couple more if they deal Realmuto.

JT Realmuto cracks fish tank with foul ball (Video)

One of the unique features of Marlins Park are the fish tanks located behind home plate. During Friday’s game, one sustained a little bit of damage.

In the first inning, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto fouled off a pitch from Patrick Corbin that found the layer intended to protect the tanks. The result was a hole that needed to be patched up. Take a look below.

Thankfully, there wasn’t more damage and Marlins president David Samson had a little fun with the moment.

“After the game, we’re placing two fish on the disabled list and we’re calling up two other fish from the Minors,” Samson told MLB.com.

Since Marlins Park opened in 2012, this was the first time the tanks have been damaged. It was bound to happen sooner or later, right?

JT Realmuto has home run taken away after passing base runner (Video)


Coming into Monday’s game against the Brewers, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto had two home runs on the young season. In the second inning, he hit number three. Unfortunately, Realmuto doesn’t get credit for it.

The video evidence shows Realmuto hitting a pitch from Wily Peralta into the home run sculpture in left-center field for a would-be two-run home run since Marcel Ozuna was on first base. However, thinking the ball may be caught, Ozuna went back to first to tag up and was passed by a jogging Realmuto.

After a brief pause, Realmuto continued around the bases, following Ozuna and eventually crossing home plate. Noticing what happened, the Brewers challenged the play. After the review, Realmuto was ruled out and Ozuna’s run counted as Realmuto was credited with an RBI single.

Needless to say, Realmuto probably won’t hit many singles longer than that in his career.