With baseball’s hot stove stoked and rumors already swirling at the GM meetings, it’s an exciting time to be a Marlins fan. Here we have all you need to catch up on the latest links and rumors.
What will the next step in the process be? Jonah Keri gave us a blueprint for the Marlins’ off-season just a couple days ago, including possible trade partners for J.T. Realmuto, as well what other Fish might get traded.
The latest on J.T.
Jim Bowden of the Athletic posited deals from the five leading contenders for Realmuto. Fangraphs also took a stab at it. MLB.com beat-writer Joe Frisaro tweeted that 8-10 teams had already inquired. Also on Wednesday, one of those leading teams was rumored to have already made an aggressive offer on the All-Star backstop.
Sources indicate the Braves have a strong offer on the table for Marlins All Star Catcher J.T. Realmuto. MIA may prefer him dealt outside of NL East, but at this point team is operating as though a trade is likely to happen.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) November 7, 2018
In another tweet, Mish added that the team is asking for a high-end pitching prospect and position player in exchange for the face of the franchise. Jon Heyman was quick with a rebuttal, saying his source denied the Braves had made an offer.
The New York Post identified the Mets as a team in need of a catcher but also wondered if the team has the prospects necessary to make the deal. The Score suggested Hialeah-native Manny Machado could be a fit in Miami.
Meanwhile in Miami
While all of this was going on, Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers tweeted new pictures of work being done at the ballpark. Later in that same thread, Bowers also mentioned the plans for the areas pictured there.
The team also continued to tease its new logo and colors with the #OurColores campaign with this cryptic tweet.
What was at this address? Our trusty reporter, Redd Garcia, was on the case. Apparently a Marlins-themed mural is going up behind a restaurant in Little Havana.
On the ball field
Realmuto, impervious to the fact he may be in a Marlins uniform for the last time, homered in the MLB All-Stars tour in Japan. Elieser Hernandez found a place to play for the winter. Monte Harrison kept raking in the Arizona Fall League.
With a 1st-inning single, #Marlins Monte Harrison picked up his 16th RBI in the Arizona Fall League, moving ahead of Vladimir Guerrero Jr.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 8, 2018
Which news are you most excited about? Got a Realmuto trade proposal? Let’s hear them in the comments.