8:32 pm: The Mets have spoken to the Marlins and are at least considering the possibility of including Nimmo as…
8:32 pm: The Mets have spoken to the Marlins and are at least considering the possibility of including Nimmo as a centerpiece in a Realmuto deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. That said, Sherman cautions that there is no deal close and that the Marlins are still in talks with multiple other clubs.
However, whether that would be enough for the Mets to be seen. Jim Bowden or MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM tweets that the Marlins do not view Nimmo as a potential Realmuto centerpiece and would prefer Rosario or Conforto to headline a package of young players instead. That’s at least somewhat curious, given the fact that Conforto has only one more season of club control remaining than Realmuto.
6:55 pm: Mike Puma of the New York Post Tweets
5:35 pm: Trade chatter surrounding JT. It’s unlikely the Mets would include Conforto in a trade for Realmuto. Realmuto will persist throughout the offseason following the final declaration that he will not be signing an extension with the Marlins. While the Marlins reportedly had a preference to trade, Realmuto outside of the division, Andy Martino of SNY writes that the Mets are looking into Realmuto now that they have officially Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz on board. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, in fact, reports that the Mets reached out on Realmuto earlier today and are being “aggressive” in their pursuit ( Twitter left ).
Newsday’s Tim Healey tweets that the belief is that the Mets would have to include at least one young Major Leaguer in order to pry Realmuto loose from Miami, and Rosenthal suggests the same. (The Mets subtracted a pair of high-end prospects from its system when trading outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-hander Justin Dunn to Seattle in the Cano / Diaz swap.) Martino speculated that Amed Rosario ‘s name could come into play, and Rosenthal adds both Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto as the type of talents that could pique Miami’s interest. Of course, that does not mean that the Mets would have any actual interest in dealing from that promising young trio. More specifically Fancred’s Jon Heyman tweets that Rosario and Nimmo would be Miami’s top two targets in talks.
The Mets already tendered contracts to both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d ‘ Arnaud though either could be traded elsewhere or designated for assignment anyway, should the organization land an upgrade in the form of Realmuto. (Speculatively, either could also be sent back to Miami as a short-term stop gap in the absence of Realmuto.)
Elsewhere in the NL East (which, to this point, has been the runaway most active division in terms of offseason activity), Craig Mish or SiriusXM tweets that the Phillies have inquired about Realmuto but are considered to be a long shot. The Phils presently have Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp as in-house catching options now that Wilson Ramos is a free agent, and they have been aggressive early this suggests that the Braves have inquired on Realmuto, although both David O ‘ Brien or The Athletic and Heyman have tweeted otherwise . O’Brien indicates that he was somewhat bluntly told there was no validity to the report that Austin Riley and Mike Soroka have come up in discussions while Heyman reports that the Braves have not even engaged on any serious Realmuto talks this winter. O’Brien further adds that the Braves have shifted their focus to adding a corner outfielder and shoring up the pitching staff.
Looking outside the NL East, Jon Morosi or MLB.com Tweets that the rockies have checked in on the catcher – although talking between the two sides, to this point, have failed to progress. Tom Murphy stands out as an obvious front line option . The Rockies also have plenty of young pitching – much of it MLB-ready, which would surely be of interest to the Marlins as they continue to build for the future.
It’s worth remembering, too, that the clubs here are likely to represent only a fraction of the market for Realmuto. Heyman notes that 14 teams have inquired with the Marlins about Realmuto this winter, and while clearly not all of those clubs will be particularly aggressive in their pursuit, the sheer volume underscores how many teams view the All-Star backstop as a potential difference maker. A handel er ikke nødvendigvis garantert, men det er trolig at Realmuto s verdi er at its apex denne vinter. The Marlins surely know that their time with Realmuto is limited following comments from Jeff Berry and, by Mish a pair of rejected extension offers of four and five years in length (both at prices that are nowhere near Realmuto’s actual market value).