Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs” regarding a J.T. Realmuto trade. The teams: the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays, and Reds.
The Braves have been on-again-off-again rumored trade partners for Realmuto. The others could all certainly use Realmuto. Now that Yasmani Grandal is off the board and a member of the Brewers, the Marlins’ leverage is stronger, of course.
Not that it’ll be easy to land Realmuto. The Fish reportedly want a top prospect plus a catcher with MLB experience. And, being Miami, you have to assume they don’t want one who makes a ton of money, so putting a deal together may be kind of tricky.
Still: an elite hitting and fielding catcher who is only going to be 28 next year and who is under team control and making relatively little money for the next couple of years is as valuable as all get-out, so the Marlins can probably name their price.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.