Sunday’s game could be the final home contest of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto’s tenure with the team, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald observes. Spencer’s the latest to note that the Fish will likely trade Realmuto in the offseason if they’re unable to extend him, as they’re rebuilding and he’s only under control through 2020. Asked about the potential of Sunday being his last Marlins home game, the 27-year-old Realmuto said: “You never know what’s going to happen, so I don’t try to think too much about that. We’ll see if that ends up being the case.” Thanks to both the state of the Miami franchise and Realmuto’s standing as an elite catcher, he has frequented trade rumors dating back to last season. Barring an extension, Realmuto will once again be popular on MLBTR’s pages during the winter, especially considering he has been the majors’ best catcher and the Marlins’ main bright spot this year. Not only has Realmuto slashed a stellar .284/.348/.498 with 21 home runs in 516 plate appearances, but he has also offered tremendous defense.
More on a couple other MLB teams:
- As part of an outfield that features Bryce Harper, Juan Soto and Adam Eaton, Michael A. Taylor has seen his playing time diminish, Elliott Smith of MLB.com points out. Taylor has only started four times since Aug. 24 and taken a mere seven PAs this month, per Smith. One reason Taylor has been on the bench lately is his lack of production, as the 27-year-old has followed up a strong 2017 by hitting a meager .224/.286/.355 with six home runs in 376 PAs. But Taylor’s “working with [hitting coach] Kevin [Long] to change his swing a little bit and hopefully he comes into Spring Training with a different swing — putting the ball in play a little bit more,” according to manager Dave Martinez. Putting the ball in play has been a struggle for Taylor, who has logged unappealing strikeout and contact rates of 29.8 percent and 71.1 percent, respectively. Taylor’s an asset on the bases and in the field, though, and he also comes with two more years of arbitration control. He could be an offseason trade chip for the Nationals, then, Smith writes. Taylor has considered the possibility, saying: “It’s hard this late in the season not to think about it, and with the way things have been going lately, it looks like other people are thinking about it.” Regardless, Taylor’s focused on “continuing to work and get better every day.” His situation will be an interesting one to monitor over the winter, given that the Nationals will have at least three other high-profile outfield options (Soto, Eaton and Victor Robles) even if they don’t re-sign Harper.
- With the Rangers searching for a new manager, Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram goes through potential replacements for the fired Jeff Banister. One thing’s clear, Wilson writes: Rangers great Michael Young won’t get the job, even though he’d be president/general manager Jon Daniels’ “dream hire.” The soon-to-be 42-year-old Young is content in his current role as a special assistant to Daniels, Wilson suggests.
- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre reacted to Banister’s ouster Friday, saying (via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com) the dugout shakeup won’t play a role in whether he’ll continue his career in 2019. And Beltre, a pending free agent who will turn 40 next April, seems prepared to go through another lean year with Texas. The Rangers’ non-contender status isn’t “ideal,” Beltre admitted, but he noted: “I’m here for whatever they want me to do, that’s the bottom line. I think I’m old enough to understand everything that’s going on, and I’m old enough to understand that over the last couple of years, the clubhouse is getting younger and younger, and there’s been a different situation where – yes, we’re probably not going to be competing with the Astros and those guys, we’re going to be developing players.” Beltre’s words jibe with his actions from this past summer’s trade deadline, when he elected against pushing for a trade to a better team. Assuming he re-signs with the Rangers in 2019, the future Hall of Famer will play his ninth season with the club.
I personally don’t believe they should trade Taylor. He is a great fourth outfielder, but most importantly, if Robles shows he isnt ready, Eaton goes down to injury again, or Juan Soto for some odd reason goes into a sophomore slump, Taylor is a good fallback
no offense, but why do you care about the nationals?
If I’m a Mariners fan I’m mad at the Nats for tanking the last series of 2008 and stealing the right to draft Stephen Strasburg.
Tanking? What nationals team were you watching?
I remember that series back in 08’ i was rooting hard for my Nats to lose. Didn’t we have the worst record by half a game because the you all had a game cancelled?
He likes talking baseball. (The purpose of this site) The Nationals are an interesting organization. They’re also the topic.
Sorry, didn’t mean to speak for you mmarinersfan.
No, you’re good. You’re exactly right. I’m a baseball fan. I mean I could go around saying “Write about the MARINERS NO OTHER TEAM MATTERS”
There’s so many trolls on these boards, I’m just tryin to talk baseball! I don’t care what team it is! I’m with you!!!
Your point was good, they shouldn’t trade Taylor in case of injury and its the NL, its not like he won’t be out of the game for weeks on end, there’s lots of PH opps during the 25-man part of the season. He’s a perfect 4th and Stevenson a fine 5th. Trade neither. Taylor would be getting lots of PT if Harper wasn’t there,which he won’t be.
Well said X, nobody is chained to a specific fandom. Have you had the pleasure of dealing with Smuckers yet?
As a fan on here. you are one
heck of a GOOD GUY. Awesome temperament, (spelling), a great mediator.
AND NO SUCK UP FROM ME HERE, Giving credit where credit is due is nice!
I’m a baseball fan. I care about the sport of baseball, and it’s teams and players. I am still a diehard Mariners fan. Nothing has changed
You can only have an opinion on one team. U know the rules
I like your style
yes we all know you’re a mariners fan. duhh
It gets worse when people think you’re a Dodgers fan because you made a pun on 70’s rock band with a players name.
Pair Realmuto with a righty reliever that’s likely to land on the 60-day DL and Dombrowski will gladly further strip the Boston farm for him
Smh, seems about right
– tiger fan
Or trade him to the Yankees for nothing, like Stanton ( i now the big contrat but like 3 b prospects)!!!
Jeter is going to end up in prison for collusion if he does more 1-sided trades with the Yankees.
Blah blah blah…
What a world we live in when taking on a contract worth around $265 M is “nothing”
I’m going to copy and paste one of my old posts cuz sick and tired of dealing tin-foul hat coinspiracy:
Yankees gave up a prospect with 80-grade fastball, who’s improving, climbing ranks of Marlins’ farm. Jorge Guzman. 97MPH fastball tops 103 MPH.
Jury is still out if they get anything for Starlin.
Theres the matter of assuming 265MM of contract
Stop trying to push false narratives. You sheep will be the first to praise Jeter when the rebuild is complete
There’s nothing in that farm system to land a 60-day DL pitcher, let alone Realmuto
I would like to hear from Marlin fans what the expected return would be for Realmuto. I want him to be the big offseason move for the Braves and we obviously have the talent in prospects to make it happen but I don’t want to see an overpay. Would a Touki, Allard, Jackson & Ynoa bring back Realmuto & Prado ?
Why would you want Prado back? He’s old(er), broken down and not that good anymore. I wouldn’t trade Touki, at all. He’s going to be special. I’d hang onto him, get rid of David Wells 2.0 (Luiz Gohara) in place. Braves have the talent to get it done, but please, no Prado.
I think he is including Prado because he is viewed as dead money and would presumably require less substantial prospects in return because you’re allowing them more payroll flexibility sooner. Without him you’d need better/more prospects.
Yes to all that, and a better question is: do the Marlins prefer a diminished prospect return for some team eating Prado’s salary, or would they rather get the max prospect return and deal Prado with someone else?
I mean they shouldn’t care at all about someone taking on Prado. In the grand scheme of things it’s should be a one year issue as expiring contracts are becoming more so easier dumps with a good not great/interesting prospect attached. We’re talking about a 57M guaranteed payroll and a 36 M guaranteed in 20. It’s understandable that small market teams have to be ahead of the curb, but when rev sharing basically pays your entire payroll or 3/4 then we have significant issues. If JT is going to be traded has to be a significant haul or an overpay. He’s arguably the best catcher in the game with 2 years of control. You’d have to think if payroll was that much of a concern this coming offseason that they could easily piece together trade scenarios in which they can eat some of Castro’s expiring contract, trade Strailey/Dietrich and easily clear the close to 14M. Taking on a diminished prospect package return for JT shouldn’t even be an option.
Beltre as player/manager maybe then transition full time in 2020?
Who was the last player/manager? Pete Rose?
MT in Baltimore
Michael “A” Taylor is certainly one of the most over-hyped young players in recent years. The Nationals PR machine did him a great disservice.
It’s too bad, Hopefully he will get a chance in a better organization somewhere else.
I can name over a dozen Red Sox/Yankees/Mets prospects who were way more overhyped that Taylor. I always saw Robles getting the hype, not Taylor.
Would be interesting to see the Rays make a push for Realmuto. Not their style but having a catcher that isn’t an automatic out at the plate was nice this year (Ramos). They’ve got the minor league talent to make it happen.
I feel like if the Astros can finagle another blockbuster deal that’ll seal them in for the 3peat! I wonder if Alvarez can be the centerpiece prospect for realmuto
Astros in a 3peat? That is some major league confidence. Good luck on that 2peat.
JBJ for Realmuto would be interesting to explore for both teams.
Realmuto is the #1 catcher in baseball, JBJ is the 15th best CF this year (fangraphs WAR) and is getting expensive. Why on earth would the Marlins do that?
Realmuto for Barreto and Neuse is more feasible.
Lmao trash deal