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Mets interested in J.T. Realmuto

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The Mets have inquired on the Marlins’ superstar catcher.

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The Mets have talked to the Marlins about a trade for J.T. Realmuto, per Ken Rosenthal. It’s another potentially bold move for the Mets this offseason, as rookie GM Brodie Van Waganenen continues to be active in both free agency and the trade market ahead of the Winter Meetings.

Realmuto will understandably command a hefty return, and the Marlins are asking for at least one controllable major league asset as a centerpiece. Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo all fit that bill, but rumors differ on who exactly the Marlins are interested in and what exactly the Mets are willing to do. Joel Sherman suggests that the teams are considering Nimmo as a centerpiece, while Jim Bowden suggests that the Marlins would only be interested in Rosario or Conforto as a headliner. Further, Bowden tweets that the Marlins asked for Conforto, Rosario, and more in a deal.

Nothing is imminent, and it’s difficult to imagine a deal that makes sense for the Mets where they deal assets from their thin outfield depth chart or their starting shortstop. It’s a particularly odd rumor when there’s an arguably superior option in Yasmani Grandal available in free agency. Regardless, it’s another exciting rumor to watch in an offseason that’s been filled with early activity.