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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 Sign Curtis Granderson

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The Miami Marlins have signed veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson to a minor league deal that includes as Spring Training invitation, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Per Heyman, Granderson will earn $1.75 million in the majors with a potential $250K in potential incentives.

Granderson, 37, may not be the outfielder he once was, but he can still produce at the plate.

Last season, Granderson posted a slash line of .242/.351/.431 with 13 homeruns playing for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Marlins Sign Neil Walker

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The Miami Marlins have signed veteran infielder Neil Walker to a one-year deal, according to an official team announcement.

Walker, who played for the New York Yankees last season, is expected to platoon at first base but will also see time around the infield in 2019, and will earn $2 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Walker struggled in 2018, posting a .219/.309/.354 slash line for the Yankees, but came on at the end of the season.

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