As New York Mets rumors swirl about possible catching additions following the injuries to Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud, Tim Healey of the Newsday reports that the Mets have not had any recent conversations with the Miami Marlins about J.T. Realmuto this week.
However, Healey also notes that the Mets did touch base with Miami during the offseason, but there were no signs of traction.
Original Report – April 13, 1:03 p.m.
Mike Puma of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Mets have talked to the Miami Marlins about catcher J.T. Realmuto.
The Mets have lost both of their major league catchers in recent days with Travis d’Arnaud having a partial tear of the UCL and Kevin Plawecki with a harline fracture in his left hand. D’Arnaud has yet to decide on Tommy John surgery and Plawecki is hoping to be back at some point next month.
The Marlins’ 27-year-old catcher has yet to play in 2018 because of a lower back contusion though he recently took six at-bats in an extended spring training game as the designated hitter.
Realmuto asked for a trade out of Miami after they dealt outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton and infielder Dee Gordon. They proceeded to trade outfielder Christian Yelich as well, but held onto Realmuto.
Both the Washginton Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies reportedly showed serious interest in Realmuto this past offseason.
The right-handed hitting Realmuto was good for 3.6 WAR behind the dish for Miami in 2017. He also clubbed 17 home runs and drove in 65 runs while hitting to a .278/.332/.451 clip in 579 plate appearances.
At his position, Realmuto was ranked as the sixth best defensive catcher in baseball last season according to BP with 14.5 FRAA.
Realmuto was arbitration eligible for the first time in 2018 and can become a free agent in 2021.