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Report: Mets Aggressively Pursuing J.T. Realmuto Trade With Marlins

December 04, 2018 - 6:35 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- The early days of Brodie Van Wagenen’s tenure as Mets general manager have certainly not been boring.

On Tuesday, New York introduced their newest acquisitions: Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Van Wagenen sent Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects to the Seattle Mariners in the deal.

That trade made a splash, and now the Mets could be preparing to make yet another move. According to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, New York is aggressively attempting to trade for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Realmuto, who is 27-years-old, hit .277 this year with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. He is under contract with the Marlins until 2021, but Miami seem willing to trade him as they continue to attempt to rebuild their team around young talent.

Catcher is one position where the Mets could probably use an upgrade. At the moment, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d’Arnaud and Tomas Nido are their only big leaguers at the position.

The price the Marlins are quoting for Realmuto could be as steep for the Mets as it was reported to be when the Yankees were interested. Giving up Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto would mean giving up two players who have been with the Mets organization since they were drafted. It would also significantly hurt their depth in the outfield for the time being.  

"We did not make this move to have this be our last move," Van Wagenen told reporters at Citi Field at the Cano/Diaz press conference. "I think we have talent already on the roster. I said consistently throughout my tenure that we want to bolster our team, we want to improve our production next year, we want to win more games, and hopefully we can continue to add more talent around guys like this, and that's our mission."