Update: Wilson Ramos deal changes Realmuto landscape


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.

UPDATE: The Braves appear to be slight favorites to land Realmuto, according to Mish, and Austin Riley is indeed in play in a potential deal.

Update: Mark Bowman of MLB.com is putting to rest the Craig Mish rumors:

Even though Bowman said this, the signing of Wilson Ramos by the Mets changes the landscape of the market for the All-Star catcher. With the Mets now out of the picture, it appears the Marlins high asking price will not be met. That could leave the Fish circling back to the Braves if they do indeed have the best offer on the table, or they could continue to remain stubborn in regards to trading Realmuto inside the NL East.

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