Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Realmuto Market May Heat Up Again

Dodgers “May Be Most Motivated” For Realmuto

According to MLB.com‘s Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are still looking to move All-Star catcher and former-future-Met JT Realmuto, but at a heavy price. There is rumored to be up to six teams still interested in the budding star, but nothing is said to be imminent on the trade front. The Realmuto market has taken many twists and turns this winter, and this seems just to be the latest curve.

Frisaro tweeted “The J.T. Realmuto Sweepstakes intensify with Yasmani Grandal‘s pending deal with the Brewers The Marlins seeking huge return. Dodgers have a catching need and the prospects. Braves, Reds, Rays, Padres, Astros also in the mix. LAD may be most motivated.”

Mariners Bring Beckham On Board

As per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Seattle Mariners have signed former first-round pick Tim Beckham. Beckham, who is turning 29 on the 27th of January, was the first overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He has spent the last season and a half with the Baltimore Orioles after spending the entirety of his career, starting in 2013, in Tampa prior to his stint in Baltimore.

Beckham is a versatile infielder with some pop, hitting 22 home runs just two seasons ago. He has seen Major League innings at every position in the infield, but primarily at shortstop where he has appeared in 222 games. The deal is said to be for one year and under a million dollars, so Beckham will hit the market again next season.

Giants Interested In Former Foe

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletics reports that the Giants have expressed interest in  signing former batting champion and Colorado Rockie DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu, 30, has spent every season of his Major League career with the Colorado Rockies as a two time All-Star, three time Gold Glove winner, and a batting title.

The Giants have been rumored to be looking into infield help, and LeMahieu fits that mold. He has had interest from other teams, including the Nationals, but with multiple infielders coming off the board on Thursday the Giants may need to act quickly.

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