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.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.