Jon Heyman: 14 teams in on Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

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The Marlins have interest from no fewer than 14 teams for star catcher J.T. Realmuto, who seems likely to go. While the Marlins suggest they wouldn’t mind holding him since he’d help their young staff and would still carry a value in a half year or year, agent Jeff Berry is very likely right that he will be dealt; at least he should be.

There were said to be three teams in the NL East (“they know him best,” a Marlins person said) and three in the NL West. The Nats were the one team in the NL East not involved at all this winter after being the prime pursuer at one point. “They were a year too early,” one Marlins person said.

From the Mets, the Marlins seek shortstop Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo – at least one, anyway. Nimmo would be an especially good fit since he’s a lefty bat. Conforto would be of interest but it’s possible he may he may be a bit less of a consideration since he is closer to arbitration and free agency. The Mets are resistant on Rosario.

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The Dodgers match up really well with the Marlins since L.A. has young outfielders (especially lefties – though they don’t want to move Cody Bellinger, they also have Alex Verdugo and Joc Pederson) , and the Marlins prefer lefthanded hitting ones as well. Plus, the Dodgers also have prime catching prospects.

As of late Tuesday, they were not close on a Realmuto deal, but then again, no one was. There's still plenty of time, and the attention around the Marlins backstop will certainly intensify at next week's Winter Meetings. 

Jon Heyman is Fancred's baseball insider. He publishes his weekly Inside Baseball column each Thursday on the App and FancredSports.com. You can download the App here and interact with Jon by following him right here.

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