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  • The San Diego Padres "are more of a factor than" the Los Angeles Dodgers for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto , according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.Later, Joe Frisaro of reported talks are in "advanced stages" and that the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are also "still in the mix."The 27-year-old backstop had 21 home runs and 74 RBI while slashing .277/.340/.484 in 125 games last season. A 2018 All-Star, Realmuto isn't eligible to become an unrestricted free agent until 2021, per Spotrac. However, the Marlins are in the middle of a massive rebuilding project that started last year when the team dealt players from a core that included 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton and 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich. Realmuto could be the next name on the move. He's seemingly been connected with the entire league, as noted by this Rotoworld rundown of Realmuto 2018 and 2019 news and rumors. That likely makes the question "when" and not "if" he's dealt, although the answer is unclear given the sparse offseason movement around the league.Still, Realmuto would be a good fit on the Padres. San Diego needs hitting desperately after finishing 12th in the National League in home runs and 13th in batting average last season. The Padres also have a stacked farm system with numerous high-potential pitchers (e.g. southpaw MacKenzie Gore, who ranks 13th on the MLB Pipeline of the top 100 prospects in the bigs). Realmuto could be a steady veteran presence for those players as they acclimate into the league.Furthermore Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey , San Diego looks like it's ready to spend a lot of money, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. In sum, refinanced debt has cleared up room for the Padres to be more aggressive on the trade and free-agent markets.L.A. needs a replacement for Yasmani Grandal, who signed a one-year deal with the Brewers. And Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report ranked its farm system eighth, so there's potential for the Dodgers to put together an attractive offer for Realmuto.But the Padres' overloaded farm system (which Reuter ranked No. 1) puts them in a better position to deal with the rebuilding Marlins, who are looking to build from the ground up. MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill dismissed talk about trading J.T. Realmuto with a joke Friday, noting the All-Star catcher may well be in a new uniform next year because there are rumors about the team changing its logo.Realmuto’s agent, Jeff Berry, predicted this week that his client will be with a different team by spring training.“Agents can say whatever they want to say Brian Flynn Jersey ,” Hill said. “J.T. knows how we feel about him.”But Hill declined to say whether Realmuto informed the Marlins he won’t sign a long-term contract with them, as Berry said.“Any conversations we have with our players are going to stay in house,” Hill said.And Hill acknowledged the possibility of tempting trade offers, with some likely to come during next week’s general manager meetings in Carlsbad, California.“J.T. is obviously a very talented player,” Hill said. “I would expect there will be interest in a lot of our talented players. It’s our job to go there with an open mind of how we improve.”Realmuto, 27, was a first-time All-Star team this year and had 21 homers and 74 RBIs, both career highs Abraham Almonte Jersey , while batting .277. He had a $2.9 million salary after losing in arbitration, and is eligible for arbitration this winter and again following the 2019 season.After losing 98 games and finishing last in the majors in runs, the Marlins have made a hitting upgrade their priority, Hill said.“We like where we’re at from a pitching-depth standpoint,” he said. “But we need to score more runs and improve our offense, and I think that will be a big part of the conversations we have next week.”


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