Bob Nightengale Calls Dodgers Frontrunner For Top Catching Prize


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.

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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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.


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  1. Good day Clint! Well, it’s we shall see situation but you are totally correct as Marlins must come down on their asking price for Realmuto. But I get the feeling the chances of him remaining in Miami are looking better and better as the off season is gets later in it.

  2. I hope the Dodgers stay smart about Realmuto… The Mets did! Realmuto is no Johnny Bench!! 2 seasons doesn’t make a hall of famer. I’ll take Cervelli for the short term andsee what the minors bring.

  3. Best thing the Dodgers did was getting rid of Grandal. I have been reading about all the great numbers he put up but watching just about all the games there were many times he had gaffs that were beyond stats. Realmuto is not necessary. I see Barnes as having a come back year and just bring up Ruiz or Smith. Seems like a bunch of BS that they need more time in the Minors.

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