Real­muto should be hot topic at GM meet­ings

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY CLARK SPENCER cspencer@mi­ami­her­ald.com

How much out­side in­ter­est is there in J.T. Real­muto? The Mar­lins are about to find out.

When the Gen­eral Man­agers’ Meet­ings are held next week in Carls­bad, Cal­i­for­nia, teams in­ter­ested in trad­ing for the Al­lS­tar catcher might need to take num­bers as they wait their turn to talk to the Mar­lins about him.

The in­ter­est level is ex­pected to be high, es­pe­cial- ly af­ter Real­muto’s agent said this week that the catcher does not in­tend to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Mar­lins.

“I think he def­i­nitely will be wear­ing a dif­fer­ent uni­form by the start of spring train­ing,” Real­muto’s agent, Jeff Berry, told MLB Net­work Ra­dio. “It makes sense, when you have one of the more valu­able as­sets in base­ball, to move him.”

The Mar­lins have dis­cussed an ex­ten­sion with Real­muto, a source told the Her­ald, and that the two sides are far apart on any deal, mak­ing it al­most cer­tain the Mar­lins will trade him. While the Mar­lins con­trol Real­muto for two more sea­sons be­fore the catcher hits free agency, his trade value in terms of what the Mar­lins can ex­pect to get for him will never be higher.

Be­cause the Mar­lins are re­build­ing and not ex­pected to put a con­tend­ing team on the field for at least a cou­ple of years, hanging on to Real­muto the next two sea­sons would serve lit­tle pur­pose.

Mar­lins pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Michael Hill did not elab­o­rate when asked Fri­day about the Real­muto sit­u­a­tion.

“We know it’s up to him if he ac­cepts an ex­ten­sion or not,” Hill said.

Real­muto is a ca­reer .279 hit­ter who has av­er­aged 15 home runs over the past four sea­sons. He was se­lected to his first All-Star team last sea­son. While the num­bers aren’t strik­ing when stand­ing alone, they are com­par­a­tively bet­ter than the vast ma­jor­ity of catch­ers in the ma­jors. As such, Hill said he ex­pects there to be in­ter­est in Real­muto at the up­com­ing

G.M. meet­ings, just as there would be for any tal­ented player.

The Astros, Braves, Phillies and Yan­kees are among a host of teams who could ap­proach the Mar­lins about the catcher. But the Mar­lins are pre­pared to move on if Real­muto chooses not to sign a deal.

“Whether or not he signs an ex­ten­sion or wants to stay in Mi­ami, that’s not up to us. That’s en­tirely up to him,” Mar­lins chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and par­towner Derek Jeter said this week in a team pod­cast. “But where he plays for the next two years is en­tirely up to us. Our bot­tom line is this or­ga­ni­za­tion is not about one par­tic­u­lar player. It’s about 25 guys that we have here at any given time.

“We want ev­ery­one to buy into what we’re build­ing here.”

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