We recently passed along word that Dmitri Young was going to have a tryout for the Pirates at the team’s spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The scheduled workout took place today, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
The slimmed-down Young fielded balls at first base and in the outfield, ran the bases and hit from both sides of the plate. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was in attendance and Singer hears that he “saw enough to remain curious.”
Young is now 38 years old and hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2008 as a member of the Nationals, so the best-case scenario is that he gets an invite to spring training. “Da Meat Hook” also recently worked out for the Phillies.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.