No big moves have been made yet in the MLB universe, but as usual, there is a whirlwind of rumors and reports out there. According to a couple of them, the Braves pursuit of finding a new starting catcher this offseason may be getting trickier than initially anticipated:
#Astros remain a viable destination for Realmuto despite the high price tag, in part because #Marlins prefer not to trade him within the division to the #Braves, who are actively looking for a catcher. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 16, 2018
The Braves definitely have serious interest in Realmuto. The fact that the Marlins are unwilling to trade him to the Braves suggests that they feel the backstop will sign an extension with his next destination upon being moved. The Marlins will not sniff the playoffs within the two years left on Realmuto’s deal. The bad news: if they don’t “prefer” to move him within the division, the Braves better be ready to overpay. Atlanta may not be out of the bidding war, but it could be wise to proceed with options such as Wilson Ramos available on the free agency market.
The other bad news is that they may lose out on their backup plan for Kurt Suzuki. While the Braves have reportedly been interested in the idea of bringing him back, Suzuki has also received consideration from the Oakland Athletics, according to Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle.
Considering the lack of options out there, the Braves better move fast to address their catcher situation.