Report: J.T. Realmuto appears very much in play for Braves


The J.T. Realmuto saga appeared to have ended when the Braves signed Brian McCann to a one-year deal earlier this offseason. Contrary to that belief, Craig Mish has stood firm that the Braves are still among the most interested for the All-Star catcher.

Jon Heyman confirmed the rumors not too long after.

The Marlins have placed a high price tag on Realmuto, and rightfully so, as he’s the best catcher in baseball, only 28 years old and still has multiple years of control remaining. That’s why names such as Ozzie Albies, Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb have popped up in rumored trade offers.

Recently, however, the Marlins seem a little more keen on moving him and may have dropped their price a little bit. Also, that whole “Miami won’t trade him within the NL East” storyline seems to have faded. Mish mentions both the Mets and Phillies as other possible suitors.

In Mish’s most recent tweet, he informs us Austin Riley may be the centerpiece of a potential deal. Riley was currently ranked the top prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America.

Riley would be a tough prospect to let go of, but the Braves may feel like they already have the left side of the infield set for the future with Camargo, Swanson, and now Donaldson in the cards.

And for those of you wondering what the Braves would do with three catchers. Mish says the Fish are looking for a veteran presence behind the plate once Realmuto is moved. In any deal, Tyler Flowers could head to Miami in return.

While no move has been deemed imminent, this situation remains extremely fluid. Stay tuned for more updates. 

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