Will the Mets be able to pry J.T. Realmuto from Marlins?
According to a recent report, the New York Mets have inquired about trading for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Mets have been bitten by the injury bug at the catcher position, to put it mildly. The team has lost Travis d’Arnaud to a UCL injury for the season, and Kevin Plawecki has a hairline fracture in his hand and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks.
Even though it is time for the Mets to make a move at catcher, Realmuto has yet to play in a game this season for the Marlins. Realmuto has been out since March 11 with a bruised lower back. Though he is not far from returning, the back injury follows a bruised knee suffered right before his return in Spring Training.
The #Mets have reportedly had talks with the #Marlins about trading for JT Realmuto, per @NYPost_Mets. pic.twitter.com/6PaeiSNjGx
— GENY Mets Report (@genymets) April 13, 2018
There is no question there is upside, though. The Marlins have made it clear they are in clear rebuild mode — trading away star players Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich. Realmuto ended 2017 hitting .278, with 17 home runs and 65 RBI. The Mets are currently 11-2 on the season so far — adding another hitter like Realmuto will only help their chances in a pennant race.