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Miami Marlins links 11/8/18: Realmuto rumors abound at GM meetings

A number of hypotheses emerge as to which teams could acquire baseball’s best catcher and what the Fish could net in return.

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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.

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.

Which news are you most excited about? Got a Realmuto trade proposal? Let’s hear them in the comments.