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J.T. Realmuto unlikely to be traded within the National League East, per report

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Don’t expect the Braves or any NL East team to be the Marlins’ trade partner for their star catcher.

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Of all of the rumors surrounding the Braves’ this offseason, none have been quite as pervasive as the Braves’ pursuit of J.T. Realmuto. The Marlins’ star catcher is coveted by nearly half the league and the Braves, especially now that Kurt Suzuki has signed a two-year deal with the Nationals, have understandably had a high level of interest.

However, the recent reporting around such an acquisition has been quite bearish with the Marlins’ asking price being high (some even going so far as to say it is higher than it was last offseason) and rumors that the Marlins did not want to send him to a division foe. It appears that that reluctance has not been extended to just the Braves.

While the Marlins deciding to forgo looking for the best possible deal and instead worried about optics is frustrating to be sure, this isn’t that surprising. Miami has shown reluctance for a while now to send pieces to the Braves and other division foes. One only look at the deal that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers vs. what was reported that the Marlins were asking for from the Braves in return (demanding Ronald Acuna Jr. was a non-starter).

For the moment, at least, it looks like the Braves and the rest of the division are going to be looking elsewhere for catching help. Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos highlight the prominent catching free agents and there are several clubs that do not appear to be in contention that have catchers the Braves could try to acquire in trade, although none are obviously as good as Realmuto is likely to be.