If you don’t know how Andrew Friedman works by now, then I might not be able to help you. I mean I’ll still try and help you, but you’ll end up feeling lost and frustrated by the results. That’s how the Dodgers offseason has felt thus far, but I digress.
The J.T. Realmuto saga has dragged on and on and on through the entire offseason. We’re only a couple of weeks away from spring training camps opening and he’s still a Marlin. There’s chatter, and there are rumors but nothing has happened. Of course the Dodgers are in those rumors. But again, if you know how Andrew Friedman, the Dodger’s penny pinching president of baseball ops works, then you know full well as I do now that the Dodgers will NOT be trading for Realmuto. Sorry to disappoint some folks here.
Yes, read that again. The Dodgers will NOT be trading for JT realmuto. Nope. Not a chance. Not even a glimmer of a chance. There’s a better chance of you winning the lottery, or getting struck by lightning. Now if Realmuto were let’s say a sub .200 hitting utility player, or perhaps an aging pitcher coming off of his third Tommy John surgery, or some unknown Cuban kid that will never reach the majors, then I would say sure there is a chance the Dodgers could do that.
But this is Realmuto, one of the best catchers in the game. I actually think he’s a tad overrated at the plate, but he’s still very good overall, and worth giving up a couple of prospects for at the least. This time though I do understand why the Dodgers are not interested in doing it. Surely you all know that the Dodgers have a couple of stud catching prospects down in the minors named Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith. Ruiz and Smith are 1-2 years away from being MLB ready. Those youngsters are the future of the Dodger’s catching corp. It seems pointless to trade for a veteran that has more than one year of team control.
That’s why the Dodgers traded for veteran and former Dodger Russell Martin. This way Martin catches for a year, leaves for free agency, or maybe sticks around as a backup for another year provided the Dodgers get sick of Austin Barnes Mendoza line hitting expert. I would be all for that. Call up Ruiz or Smith and have Martin back them up. I’m all for playing the kids.
Martin is a free agent in 2020. That’s when the rookies will hopefully be ready for full time big league action. Meanwhile the Marlins are holding onto Realmuto like a kid clings onto an Easter egg. They’re not letting him go unless you as a team are prepared to empty your farm of most of your prized prospects, and give up your first born child. Either or will do. Let’s not pretend like we really believe that the Dodgers are “all in” on J.T. Realmuto.