Real­muto not dis­tracted by ru­mors

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TOKYO – Mi­ami Mar­lins catcher J.T. Real­muto isn’t let­ting trade ru­mors be­come a dis­trac­tion ei­ther at home or in Ja­pan, where he is cur­rently part of an MLB All-Star tour.

Mar­lins pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Michael Hill has dis­missed talk about trad­ing Real­muto, but his agent, Jeff Berry, pre­dicted that his client will be with a dif­fer­ent team by spring train­ing.

“It’s not a dis­cus­sion for me to have, hon­estly,” Real­muto said Fri­day. “It’s not my de­ci­sion whether I get traded or not. It’s up to the Mar­lins. What­ever they want to do with me, that’s up to them. So for me, there is re­ally no dis­cus­sion to be had. My job is to show up and play base­ball.”

Hill de­clined to say whether Real­muto in­formed the Mar­lins he won’t sign a long-term con­tract with them.

The Astros, An­gels, A’s, Braves, Mets and Na­tion­als are among the teams seek­ing an up­grade be­hind the plate.

“To be hon­est, I am try­ing not to think about that too much right now,” Real­muto said. “I’m just out here try­ing to have a good time with my team­mates here, kind of put all that stuff be­hind me un­til next week and just kind of en­joy my ex­pe­ri­ence here.”

The 27-year-old Real­muto was a first-time Al­lS­tar this year and had 21 homers and 74 RBIs, both ca­reer highs, while bat­ting .277. He had a $2.9 mil­lion salary af­ter los­ing in arbitration, and is el­i­gi­ble for arbitration this win­ter and again fol­low­ing the 2019 sea­son.

Af­ter los­ing 98 games and fin­ish­ing last in the ma­jors in runs, the Mar­lins have made a hit­ting up­grade their pri­or­ity.

Mean­while, Real­muto is hav­ing a blast in Ja­pan. He drove in two runs, in­clud­ing a solo homer, in Thurs­day’s warm-up against the Yomi­uri Gi­ants, which the MLB squad won 9-6. He is sched­uled to be be­hind the plate in Game 2 of the six-game se­ries against Ja­pan’s na­tional team at Tokyo Dome.

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