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Inbox: Will the Marlins deal Realmuto, Yelich?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from fans
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Do you think the Marlins should trade J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich to completely start from scratch?
-- @Lolitsjavi

From what I've gathered, after Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna were traded, the Marlins' intentions were to keep Yelich, Realmuto, and we can add Starlin Castro to that group. It's no secret those three have expressed concerns about being part of rebuilds. The club is listening to potential offers for Yelich, Realmuto and Castro, but that doesn't mean they will be dealt before Spring Training or Opening Day.

Do you think the Marlins should trade J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich to completely start from scratch?
-- @Lolitsjavi

From what I've gathered, after Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna were traded, the Marlins' intentions were to keep Yelich, Realmuto, and we can add Starlin Castro to that group. It's no secret those three have expressed concerns about being part of rebuilds. The club is listening to potential offers for Yelich, Realmuto and Castro, but that doesn't mean they will be dealt before Spring Training or Opening Day.

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With Yelich and Realmuto, the Marlins have especially high demands. They will only move them if another club overpays. For Castro, it would be more of a matter of getting a deal that makes sense.

My guess is at some point, either by Opening Day or by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins will get a package for Yelich and/or Realmuto and make a big trade.

Video: Frisaro talks about Castro's trade demands

Should the Marlins consider signing a veteran starter like Chris Tillman or Clay Buchholz to let their prospects stay in the Minor Leagues for another year of developing?
-- @TravisGreen05

I like the idea. Tillman would be the type of veteran starter who would make plenty of sense for Miami. The 29-year-old is coming off a down season, during which he was hindered by right shoulder issues. Before that, he had a string of four straight seasons with double-digit victories for the Orioles. Tillman could be a bounceback candidate and get an opportunity to start with a club like Miami.

As you note, he could fill a rotation spot, allowing prospects more time to develop. Also, if he had a strong first half, he could put himself in position to be traded to a contender. Buchholz carries more risk. He threw just 7 1/3 innings with the Phillies last year and is recovering from a flexor tear in his right forearm.

Do you think Trevor Richards has what it takes to be a big league starter? Also, when do you think he will be called up?
-- @jonandersenn.

I thought we'd see Richards and Dillon Peters called up last September. Instead, they finished the season at Double-A Jacksonville. MLB Pipeline ranks Richards as Miami's No. 24 prospect, and the right-hander is someone Marlins fans should keep an eye on, because he could win a rotation spot in Spring Training. If not, he could be a callup option in the first half of the season. Not overpowering, Richards has a plus changeup and his fastball has deception. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever.

Will we see James Nelson in the big leagues this year?
-- @KingKieferCincy

An argument could be made that Nelson, Miami's No. 13 prospect, was the Marlins' top position player in the Minors last season. He and fellow third baseman Brian Anderson were the two choices. Nelson was a standout at Class A Greensboro, where he was a South Atlantic League All-Star. A 15th-round pick by the Marlins in 2015, he could be a sleeper prospect who develops into a steady big league third baseman.

Could Nelson make the leap to the big leagues in 2018? A more realistic arrival date would be late in 2019 or '20. There's no urgency to rush his development. He projects to open at Class A Advanced Jupiter. If he makes it to Double-A, and shows he can handle pitching at that level, then he could be close to big league ready. The Marlins have Martin Prado, Anderson, Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas to handle third base.

Of all the players we got in return for the trades the Marlins made, who do you see making the starting rotation?
-- @marlinso05

Top prospect Sandy Alcantara was a September callup with the Cardinals last year, so he's already had a taste of the big leagues. But I'm not convinced the 22-year-old will be on the Opening Day roster. My guess is Alcantara gets more seasoning, likely at Triple-A New Orleans. Of all the pitchers brought in trades, my hunch is right-hander Zac Gallen, who also was in the Ozuna trade with the Cardinals, will reach the big leagues faster than the others. I think someone like Richards could get brought up before Gallen, but Richards was already in Miami's system.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro.

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