Reds, Marlins deep in talks about Realmuto
Miami eyeing a bounty of prospects in return for All-Star backstop
MIAMI -- The Marlins and Reds remain engaged in trade talks for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, and one package being discussed includes catcher Tucker Barnhart and infield prospect Jonathan India.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo on Saturday reported that Barnhart, India and one or more "lesser prospects" are being discussed as a return for Realmuto. Another source told MLB.com that along with the Reds, the Marlins remain in substantive dialogue with the Padres, Dodgers, Braves and Rays.
A few days ago, the Rays appeared to be out of consideration, but they have re-engaged.
With Spring Training 13 days away for the Marlins, the organization is in advanced conversations with these clubs. Miami is expected to receive two to four players in return for Realmuto, who is expected to be dealt before camp opens.
One factor complicating the situation is finding a replacement for Realmuto to work with Miami's young pitching staff. Barnhart has been a Gold Glove winner.
Cincinnati has made a strong push of late for Realmuto, who by most advanced metrics was the top catcher in the sport in 2018. The Marlins have had interest in several of the Reds' top prospects, including infielder Nick Senzel, outfielder Taylor Trammell and India. According to MLB Pipeline, Senzel is the No. 6 overall prospect, Trammell No. 16, and India, No. 53.
The No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, India is a former University of Florida standout as well as a South Florida native. He played high school ball at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla.
Realmuto, 27, was an All-Star for the first time in 2018. The Oklahoma native is regarded as the most athletic catcher in the sport, and he hit .277 last season, while setting career highs for home runs (21) and RBIs (74).
In his second year of arbitration, Realmuto is signed for $5.9 million in 2019, and he is eligible for free agency after the '20 season.