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Nationals Unwilling To Meet Marlins Price For J.T. Realmuto

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The Washington Nationals won’t be paying the Miami Marlins what they want for catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.

During an interview with Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Rizzo said that the Nationals have contacted the Marlins regarding Realmuto’s availability but haven’t really checked back in since that talk.

“They’ve got a great player in Realmuto,” said Rizzo. “They’re not going to sell him cheap. We know what the return has to be on Realmuto, and we’re not willing to meet that price. So unless something changes there, on their end, we’re going to go with [Matt] Wieters when he gets healthy and a combination of [Pedro] Severino and [Spencer] Kieboom to back him up.”

Rumors suggest that Miami was asking for coveted prospects Victor Robles or Juan Soto to headline any deal, a high price tag.

It will be interesting to see if interest in Realmuto is renewed, or if another team jumps in willing to play ball with the Marlins lofty expectations.

 

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Marlins Sign Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr.

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The Miami Marlins have formally announced the signing of the Mesa brothers, Victor Victor and Victor Jr., and will be streaming a press conference to introduce the brothers on their website and on Periscope.

Victor Victor is expected to receive a bonus in excess of $5.25 million while Victor Jr. received a $1 million bonus, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Victor Victor, the son of Cuban baseball luminary Victor Mesa, was widely considered to be the most coveted amateur free agent on the International market at current, while his 17-year old brother boasts an above-average arm and plus contact ability with plenty of upside and potential.

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Phillies Acquire Justin Bour

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The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour, along with cash considerations, from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left handed pitching prospect McKenzie Mills, according to Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

The Marlins will cover roughly half of Bour’s remaining salary for the season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

 

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