J.T. Realmuto on possibly being traded: ‘It’s up to the Marlins’
J.T. Realmuto finds himself firmly on the trading block, according to reports, after whispers surrounding his uncertain future with the Miami Marlins became significantly louder this week. The superstar catcher did make the astute observation on Friday amid the rumors that whether or not he’s dealt this offseason is not his decision to make.
“It’s not a discussion for me to have, honestly,” Realmuto said Friday from Tokyo, where he’s taking part in an MLB All-Star tour, via an AP report by way of ESPN. “It’s not my decision whether I get traded or not. It’s up to the Marlins. Whatever they want to do with me, that’s up to them. So for me, there is really no discussion to be had. My job is to show up and play baseball.”
The belief that Realmuto will be traded was bolstered earlier this week when his agent, Jeff Berry, stated his client wants to part ways with the organization, despite Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill downplaying such a scenario.
Among the teams interested in acquiring Realmuto are the Astros, Angels, A’s, Braves, Mets and Nationals, per reports. Such interest is likely to drum up more speculation concerning Realmuto’s future, something he is trying to ignore during the tour.
“To be honest, I am trying not to think about that too much right now,” Realmuto said. “I’m just out here trying to have a good time with my teammates here, kind of put all that stuff behind me until next week and just kind of enjoy my experience here.”
The 27-year-old not surprisingly is in high demand in the trade market by virtue of being arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball. Having somehow survived last offseason’s roster purge by the Derek Jeter-led front office, it would not be a shock to see the incredibly talented Realmuto playing elsewhere next season, especially with his agent ratcheting up the drama.