For the first time in several years, the New York Mets have been extremely aggressive in the MLB Winter Meetings. Although the team already acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, it’s apparent that they have their eyes set on J.T. Realmuto.
With the Miami Marlins continuing their rebuild process, moving the All-Star catcher should be next on the agenda. However, the asking price certainly won’t be cheap.
According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Mets have yet to meet the Marlins’ demands for Realmuto. To put their asking price into context, Miami offered its catcher to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Cody Bellinger.
Realmuto #Mets’ No. 1 catching target, sources say; GM Van Wagenen represented him while at CAA, and knows how much he offers. However, NYM remain unwilling to meet #Marlins’ price, which they consider exorbitant. Remember: MIA asked #Braves for Albies, #Dodgers for Bellinger.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2018
It’s been reported before that Miami wants at least Amed Rosario in any deal from New York. The young shortstop has tons of potential, and youth is the top priority for Derek Jeter and the front office.
Realmuto is currently the top target for the Mets, which makes sense considering their need at the position. In 2018, the right-handed slugger finished with a .277 average, 21 home runs and 74 RBI.
Last offseason, the Marlins dealt Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Clearly another trade might be in the works for this winter.