Late last night, a rumor broke that the New York Mets had discussed a three-team deal with the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins involving J.T. Realmuto coming to the Mets and Noah Syndergaard going to the Yankees. While this is being regarded more of a “long shot scenario”, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported this morning that the Mets are considered one of three teams in the mix for the Marlins’ All-Star catcher, although he did not specify the other two teams.
Additionally, the sense is that the Marlins have begun to push for a Realmuto trade and are looking to finish a deal, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. The Marlins have previously placed a high price tag on Realmuto throughout the offseason, with rumors surfacing that New York would potentially need to include two of Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo to make a deal work.
The 27-year-old backstop has two years of control left before he becomes a free agent following the 2020 season. Earlier this year, his agent—Jeff Berry of CAA— made it clear that Realmuto has no plans of signing an extension with Miami, which makes it likely that the Marlins will want to get a deal done before the end of the winter.
The Mets have been very active in the Realmuto trade market throughout the winter in an effort to upgrade at catcher. Last season, Realmuto led all major league catchers with a 4.8 fWAR and came in second with a 126 wRC+. He appeared in 125 games for Miami and hit .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs. In addition to Realmuto, the team has also been linked to free agent Martin Maldonado and free agent Wilson Ramos, with whom they met yesterday.