Competition for the services of the catcher J.T. Realmuto seem to have reached the final stage.
A source told MLB.com on Thursday that negotiations for the Marlins' star catcher are in "the advanced stages," with four clubs in contention: the Padres, Reds, Dodgers and Braves.
Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Padres "are a greater factor" than the Dodgers.
Reds, Padres, Braves, Rays remain in running for Realmuto. Dodgers not out of it but not as engaged as frontrunning foursome.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 31, 2019
It is difficult to point to a clear favorite, but the Friars seem to have emerged as one of them. The Cincinnati club has also been aggressive in recent days. Atlanta has been involved throughout the dead season and has had talks with the Fishes for more than a year.
Unless another team is more aggressive, there seem to be four clear candidates to acquire Realmuto.
The catcher has been one of the main themes in the winter. Initially, Miami hoped to grant him an extension, but shortly after the World Series, his agent publicly stated that his client was not interested in a long-term pact with the Marlins.
Realmuto, 27, is at the height of his career and comes from his best season with the wood, hitting .277 with personals in homers (21) and RBIs (74).
Joe Frisaro MLB.com