Miami designated Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment and J.T. Realmuto's success had a lot to do with it. And while Saltalamacchia is a veteran option, Marlins starters may have picked a favorite. According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, both Dan Haren and Mat Latos have spoken highly of Realmuto's ability to call a game.
Marlins pitchers love throwing to rookie J.T. Realmuto. "J.T. has done a great job of blocking the ball; his knowledge of the game is special; and he has a lot of talent and upside," Mat Latos said. Dan Haren said Realmuto deserves some credit for the team’s recent drop in ERA.
Without Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins' depth has been tested. David Phelps has pitched well, however Mat Latos has had difficulty throwing strikes at times and Dan Haren and Tom Koehler have yet to establish themselves as consistent. Although Saltalamachia is not necessarily at fault, having a fresh backstop could lead to future success.
While Marlins pitchers are comfortable throwing to Realmuto, he could prove to be a more reliable defensive option. The Marlins are among the most consistent defensive clubs in baseball, and may get better with Realmuto as their starting catcher. Heading into Monday's contest against the Mets, the Marlins committed five errors, two of which belonged to Saltalmacchia. Miami's infield is reliable and the organization has one of the best outfields in baseball.
Trade could come soon
General Manager Dan Jennings has spoken to several clubs with regard to a Saltalamacchia trade, however a deal may not be imminent. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman notes the Rays, Diamondbacks, and Royals are three of six teams known to be considering adding Saltalamacchia.
Boston has not been involved from the outset, and both Kansas City and Arizona have reportedly been considering adding a catcher. Neither the Angels nor the Orioles are interested, and the Marlins could seek a prospect or two in return.