J.T. Realmuto


Report: Yankees Among Teams Interested In Marlins Catcher J.T. Realmuto

November 29, 2018 - 4:58 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN)-- The struggles of Gary Sanchez were a well-documented issue for the Yankees last season.

Sanchez had issues at the plate with both his catching and his hitting, and he also missed a chunk of the campaign due to injury. Now, the Yankees may be in the market for a new catcher.

According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees are one of a few teams showing interest in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Heyman goes into further detail about possible trades for Realmuto on Fancred.

“The Marlins are busy talking to teams about J.T. Realmuto, the de facto best catcher in the game," Heyman wrote. "The Astros, Dodgers and Yankees are among many teams that have showed interest. ... The issue with the Yankees’ talks apparently is that they still hold Gary Sanchez in high enough regard that they have resisted offering other top pieces in a package with Sanchez. The Marlins, who are run by ex-Yankee types (Derek Jeter, Gary Denbo) seem to like Sanchez as well but are hoping for a major package for 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 through 2021, but Miami seems willing to trade him as it continues to rebuild around young talent. Derek Jeter has notably traded one major player, Giancarlo Stanton, to New York in the past year. 

The World Series concluded just over a month ago, but the Yankees have already been active this offseason. General manager Brian Cashman traded a package that included top prospect Justus Sheffield to the Seattle Mariners for lefty starter James Paxton. The team has also been linked to Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and they are reportedly still trying to deal pitcher Sonny Gray. Free agent starter Patrick Corbin may also be set to join. 

Sanchez's future is now in question despite him being only a year removed from a 2017 season in which he was named an All-Star and won a Silver Slugger award. Realmuto would probably be an upgrade at the position, but Sanchez showed he isn’t a lost cause when he hit two home runs in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

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Even if the Bronx Bombers want Realmuto, it's still unclear if they will be able to offer enough to convince the Marlins to make a trade. 

The Dodgers and Astros are two other teams trying to narrow the gap between themselves and the Red Sox. Dealing for Realmuto could help them just as it could help the Yankees.