The J.T. Realmuto market seems to be moving
One of the biggest potential trade targets on the market this year is Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, and Miami seems to be aggressively shopping him right now. The star backstop’s agent indicated this season that his client would be willing to sign an extension in Miami, but if that didn’t happen then he would want to be traded. Well, according to reports the extension he was seeking was comparable to the mega contract Buster Posey signed back in 2013. Realmuto is a good player to be sure, and the landscape has certainly changed in the five years since the Posey contract was signed, but I can understand the Marlins balking at that. So, the market is heating up with a bunch of rumors popping up in the last 48 hours, many of which indicating the large packages Miami is seeking. For example, they turned down a swap for Gary Sanchez — which, as a Red Sox fan, upsets and confuses me — and asked for Ozzie Albies from the Braves. I’m guess Realmuto gets moved at some point before Christmas, but even with the Red Sox’ rough standing behind the plate they won’t get involved at this level of the market.
There’s not much more to say here, but it seems like the big blockbuster between New York and Seattle is finally done. We still don’t know the exact terms, but Robinson Canó has officially waived his no-trade clause and just needs to pass his physical. Edwin Díaz, meanwhile, already has passed his. At least some of the pieces going back to Seattle — Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista (old friend alert) — still need to pass theirs as well. It may take a few days for all of this to wrap up, but Canó officially waiving his no-trade was the biggest hurdle, and this will be official soon enough.
Mets asking about Corey Kluber
The Mets apparently aren’t done making big moves, or at least trying. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand they have contacted the Indians about their ace Corey Kluber. As Feinsand points out in his tweet, Mets manager Mickey Callaway is Kluber’s former pitching coach in Cleveland. I’m not sure why the Indians are worried about saving money by trading away their best pitcher while they have such a great core, but apparently it’s a thing that could legitimately happen. I hate the idea for them, but one of the American League’s super-teams trading a star is certainly good news for the Red Sox. As for the Mets, it’s wild seeing them this aggressive, and it’s great unless/until they trade Noah Syndergaard. Those rumors are persisting, and I still don’t understand at all.