Of the 27 catchers to log at least 300 plate appearances in 2018, only five posted a wRC+ of 110 or better. Two -- Wilson Ramos and Yasmani Grandal -- are now free agents, and another could be available as well. That is, if the Marlins decide to shop J.T. Realmuto.
Realmuto's status is primed to be one of the biggest Hot Stove storylines, as the 27-year-old could be dealt if he's not open to signing a long-term extension.
Ramos or Grandal, or trade for Realmuto.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) 20 de octubre de 2018
Realmuto isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season, so the Marlins don't necessarily have to make a decision on his future now. But given the offensive state of the catching position around the Majors, his trade value may never be higher. And while Ramos and Grandal should also benefit from the dearth of quality backstops, Ramos' injury history and Grandal's dramatic postseason struggles may turn off some clubs.
Mike Ferrin and Ryan Spilborghs evaluated the situation Tuesday on MLB Network Radio, noting that the haul for Realmuto could be massive if the Marlins decide to move him.
"When you have a player like Realmuto, who is a legitimate offensive player -- he can hit in the middle portion of the lineup -- and having somebody that has the ability to catch ... Realmuto has that," Spilborghs said.
"You can probably get an arm and a leg for J.T. Realmuto."