R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

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MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher.

Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after the World Baseball Classic, according to manager John Gibbons.

The Jays can choose between Josh Thole, who caught Dickey in 66 of the right-hander’s 91 starts over the last three seasons, and Henry Blanco, who caught seven of Dickey’s 27 starts in 2010 with the Mets. Either catcher would be the back-up to J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia spent the off-season learning to catch Dickey’s knuckler — without a cup.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.