Braves beat writer Mark Bowman indicated on Monday in his weekly Inbox installment that the club pursued Marlins catcher JT Realmuto at the Trade Deadline. These negotiations are a continuation of the efforts made by Atlanta this past offseason to acquire Realmuto, and it appears that GM Alex Anthopoulos is approaching the upcoming void at catcher with some urgency. Current catchers Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki are set to be free agents at the end of this season, while Realmuto has two more arbitration-eligible seasons beyond this year.
The Braves expressed interest in Realmuto last offseason and again as recently as the hours leading up to last week’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. Though the two parties have not been able to strike a deal, expect the Marlins backstop to be at the top of Atlanta’s wish list in the coming offseason.
Realmuto has established himself as perhaps the game’s best asset at a premium position, so the cost will be understandably steep. Think along the lines of at least one top pitching prospect (Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright or Ian Anderson) plus a top position-player prospect (Austin Riley or Cristian Pache) and one other prospect who would likely rank among the top 15 prospects in Atlanta’s talent-rich system.
Will Leitch of MLB.com takes a look way down the road at which players are most likely to remain with their current team through 2025. For many clubs, the answer lies somewhere in the minor leagues, however, Leitch’s choice for Atlanta resides in left field for the major league club right now:
Ronald Acuna Jr., LF, age 20
Will the Braves have to choose between Acuna and Ozzie Albies long term, or can they keep them both?
Johan Camargo has been a pleasant surprise this season for the upstart Braves, giving some much-needed stability to the hot corner despite the constant rumblings that Atlanta would like to upgrade at third base. Camargo has silenced some of the concerns surrounding that position, and according to our own Demetrius Bell, is no longer a conundrum.
The big reason for Camargo’s success so far this season has been his improved plate discipline. He got by last season with a 4.7 percent walk rate because his BABIP was at .364 to end the season. This year, his BABIP is at .284 but his walk rate has skyrocketed up to 10.8 percent. Granted, that walk rate number has been steadily going down since he reached his unsustainable peak of around 20 percent back in May, but it’s still been good enough to put him near the top of the OBP leaderboards when it comes to the lineup regulars.