While a ton of the offseason MLB focus is on where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are going to land, J.T. Realmuto is dominating plenty of headlines as well.
Earlier on Saturday, reports surfaced stating the Braves were the slight favorites to acquire the All-Star catcher.
Fast forward to Saturday night, however, and that no longer appears to be the case. According to MLB insider Mark Bowman, Atlanta is out of the race to bring in the veteran.
Source: The Braves have not had any discussions regarding J.T. Realmuto within the past five days and they do not plan to have any further talks with the Marlins regarding the All-Star catcher.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 16, 2018
Craig Mish previously said Atlanta was in a prime position to make a deal with the Marlins, with the Braves willing to send prized third base prospect Austin Riley as part of the package.
However, Bowman has shut down this report, claiming Atlanta is completely out on a potential deal. The Dodgers are likely the favorites now to land the Realmuto, with Yankees, Rays and Padres also reportedly in contention to acquire him.
The Yankees present further questions as well, as GM Brian Cashman claims Gary Sanchez is still their catcher of the future. Whether he's telling the truth and is actually happy moving forward with Sanchez after such a miserable season remains to be seen—and with the crosstown Mets landing an All-Star catcher of their own in Wilson Ramos, don't be surprised if the Yanks make a big move here to keep up.
According to a source JT Realmuto will either be traded to an AL club or an NL team. Possibility remains he is not traded at all and plays Catcher this season.— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) December 12, 2018
Yup, at this point, no one knows where in the heck the stud will end up playing. Hopefully, we can have our answer soon.