While the additional Braun document is the sexy takeaway from Quinn and Fish’s report at ESPN.com, this has greater significance:
Sources familiar with MLB’s investigation said officials have tried to spark an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. So far, the DEA and FBI have not initiated investigations, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” Nor have state authorities hinted at an interest, with a Florida Department of Law Enforcement saying, “FDLE is not investigating Biogenesis of America, and we have not received any complaints.”
It can look as bad as possible for the players named in the report. But without anyone with subpoena power investigating this, Major League Baseball has nowhere to go to get any additional information about this stuff, let alone enough to serve as the basis for discipline of the named players.
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.