8:32 pm: The Mets have spoken with the Marlins and are considering at least the possibility of including Nimmo as the centerpiece in a Realmuto deal, Tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. However, Sherman warns that no deal is coming to an end and the Marlins are still negotiating with several other clubs.
However, it remains to be seen if this will be enough for the Mets. Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM Tweets that the Marlins would not consider Nimmo a potential real-heart heart and Rosario or Conforto would instead prefer a package of young players. This is at least a bit strange as Conforto has only one more season of club control left than Realmuto.
17:35: Trading Chatter Around JT Realmuto will persist throughout the offseason after the final declaration has been made that he will not sign an extension with the Marlins. While the Marlins are said to have a penchant for trading with Realmuto outside the division, Andy Martino of SNY writes that the Mets are now dealing with Realmuto since they officially Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz have blackboard. Indeed, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets had earlier raided Realmuto and were "aggressive" in their persecution ( Twitter left ).
Tim Healey of Newsday ] Tweets that the belief is that the Mets would at least have to include a young Major Leaguer to unleash Realmuto from Miami, and Rosenthal suggests the same. (The Mets subtracted a pair of high-end brochures from their system when they drifted with Outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed Justin Dunn to Seattle in the Cano / Diaz Exchange) [19459004ThenameofAmedRosario could come into play, and Rosenthal adds both Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto as the kind of talents that could arouse Miami's interest. Of course, this does not mean that the Mets would actually have an interest in dealing with this promising young trio. Fancred's Jon Heyman tweeted that Rosario and Nimmo were Miami's top two targets in talks.
The Mets already had contracts with both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d & # 39; Arnaud could either be traded elsewhere or be destined for use anyway if the organization were to receive an upgrade in the form of Realmuto. (Speculatively, both could be sent back to Miami as a short-term stopover in the absence of Realmuto.)
Elsewhere in the NL East (which until then was the most active division in terms of off-season activity), Craig Mish of SiriusXM Tweets who asked the Phillies about Realmuto, but they are considered as an opportunity. Currently, the Phils Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp as internal fishing opportunities since Wilson Ramos is a free agent, and they were early aggressive winter, already Jean Segura and James Pazos acquires from the Mariners.
Mish suspects that the Braves have inquired about Realmuto, though both David O & # 39; Brien of The Athletic and Heyman tweeted otherwise . O'Brien points out that he was bluntly told that the report that Austin Riley and Mike Soroka came into conversation has no validity, while Heyman reports that the Braves have not even talked about serious real-life conversations this winter. O'Brien adds that the Braves have shifted their focus to adding a corner outfielder and pitching (Twitter links).
Outside the NL East: Jon Morosi of MLB.com Tweets that the Rockies have reviewed the catcher – though the talks between the two sides have not progressed to this point. Colorado, however, would be an absolutely logical landing pad, as none of Chris Iannetta stands out to Tony Wolters or Tom Murphy as an obvious choice. The Rockies also have a lot of young pitching – much of it MLB-ready, which would certainly be interesting for the Marlins if they continue to build for the future.
It is also worth noting that the clubs here are probably only represented a fraction of the market for Realmuto. Heyman notes that 14 teams at the Marlins have inquired about Realmuto this winter, and while obviously not all of these clubs will be particularly aggressive, the sheer scale of how many teams underlined the All-Star Backstop see as a possible differentiator. Trade is not necessarily guaranteed, but it is likely that the value of Realmuto will peak this winter. The Marlins certainly know that their time at Realmuto is limited after Agent Jeff Berry and per Mish have a pair of rejected renewal offers of four and five years (both at prices not near Realmuto ) have rejected actual market value).