Has there been a player more connected with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 offseason than J.T. Realmuto? Alright, so not counting Bryce Harper, Realmuto to the Dodgers is the subject that seems like it won’t go away.
First, we looked at some possible options for a trade to the Miami Marlins. Then, reports surfaced that the Marlins wanted Cody Bellinger among others. Now, friend of the Blue Heaven Podcast Bob Nightengale sees the Dodgers as the ‘favorites’ to land Realmuto.
Ramos will be earning $19.5 million in his 2 year deal with #Mets, per @Joelsherman1, leaving the #Dodgers as the favorites now to acquire Realmuto from the #Marlins. Yasiel Puig would be drawing card in Miami if he were included in package deal.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 16, 2018
Nightengale took to twitter shortly after Wilson Ramos signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets. Nevertheless, with another suitor in the league having filled a catching vacancy, the Mets are out of the Realmuto sweepstakes.
Equally important, the Miami Marlins will need to come down on their asking price if the two sides are going to be able to make this happen. While Yasiel Puig is merely a rumored name thrown about by Nightengale – the fit is undeniable. Still, it would likely take several other pieces on the part of the Dodgers to make this happen.
Realmuto would be a high-octane, luxury item for a Dodgers team that is already very deep and stacked. However, they need a catcher. To bring in an All-Star in his prime who can hit up and down the lineup would be no short order of genius by the front office.
We wait a little longer to see if this dream scenario takes shape and becomes reality. Nightengale is a veteran writer within the game and has some well plugged in sources. If he believes this is still reality, it most likely is such.
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